Lina Issa is a Lebanese artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. Her artistic practice revolves around issues of home, otherness, empathy, embodied memory, and the performativity of (cultural) identity. In her work, she questions the ways we construct and (re)enact our subjectivities. This process carries a tension between the personal and the universal and often takes the form of a social event – a performance or a happening. It also includes video and writing. Lina Issa is a graduate of the Graphic Design Program at the American University of Beirut (2002). She left Lebanon for a postgraduate in Fine Arts at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (2003-2005) and earned a Master in Visual Arts from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2006).
Recent projects include: A Ticket to Atlantis| Location theatre, Beirut, Essen, The Hague (2016-2017), How? Different! On cultural diversity and empathy in organizations| Interventions at the VUmc and the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam (2011-ongoing), What if, if I take your place?| Performance, Stockholm, Amsterdam (2010-ongoing), Where we are not| Performance, Amsterdam, Beirut, Paris, London (2006-2009), Resonant Bodies, Voices, Memories| Publication and video screenings, Rotterdam (2008).