Biography

Aissa Deebi is Palestinian artist and a scholar based in Geneva. His early work investigates the complexity of daily practices in post 1948 Palestine: Days like this (1997): Makkan (1998); My Dream House (1999); Nothing is New Only Forgotten (2000). Later, Deebi’s work tackles the theme of immigration and alienation, which culminates into his PhD research, providing critical analysis of Diaspora as a creative space. In tandem with his scholarly work, Deebi produced a body of works that interrogate the complex phenomena of cultural-migration and Diaspora reality as experienced by an adult Palestinian-Immigrant artist in post Sept 11 America: Killing Time (2004); Naked Heroes (2003); Dead Sweet (2004) and more recently Tal El Samak (2011). Most recently, Deebi represented Palestine at the 55th Venice Biennale; he is currently working on projects for the 5th Edition of Çanakkale Biennial in Turkey and Colombo Biennale in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Deebi has held several leadership positions teaching art and design at a number of institutions including the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, Centro de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Design, Mexico and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok Thailand.

In 2010, Deebi joined the American University of Cairo’s Arts Department as a Professor of Art and Design, teaching in the areas of studio arts, design practice, theory and photography. In 2011 he was appointed as the Director of the Visual Cultures Program, which includes the visual arts-film and graphic design majors. In addition, Deebi was the director of Sharjah Art Gallery at AUC. A successful artist, Deebi revamped the entire program, ensuring the development of a strong art curriculum, encompassing contemporary art approaches reflecting the advances made towards art in the 21st century, both in research and in practice.

Between 2013-2016, Dr. Deebi was the chair of the Department of Art & Design at Montclair State University, associate Professor in Art and Design. Currently Dr. Deebi remains Associate Professor of Art and Design on leave at Montclair State University.

Dr. Deebi was the founding member of art east, New York, where he served as the first Director of the Visual Arts and Director of the Board. He is also a consultant on education for the Birzeit University’s Museum in Palestine, and the curator of Mizna, the Arab American Art and Literature Magazine in Minneapolis, USA. His work has been exhibited globally including: The Venice Biennale, Çanakkale Biennale, Turkey, Art Lab Gnesta, Sweden, Berlin Art Laboratory, Germany, Art Space Gallery at Sang Myung University, Seoul, Korea, Darb 1718, Cairo, Egypt, Kunstverein, Germany, The Queens Museum of Art in New York, Haus am Lutzowplatz in Berlin, Tanit Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon, Beirut Art Fair, Lebanon, Asia-Pacific Triennial, Taipei in Taiwan, VCU Art Gallery in Doha, Elga Wimmer Gallery in New York, and Art Dubai.