Imran Channa and Amal Alhaag, new Eye Artist and Scholar-in-Residence

Amal Alhaag & Imran Channa

Amal Alhaag & Imran Channa

15 February 2021

Visual artist Imran Channa and curator / researcher Amal Alhaag have been invited to the third edition of the Eye Artist and Scholar-in-Residence program in 2021.

The Residency program gives the opportunity to a guest artist and a guest scholar to freely develop or create a project making use of the vast collection and expertise of Eye. The program aims to stimulate interactions among artists, scientists and the public.

Imran Channa

The new Artist-in-Residence is the Pakistani visual artist Imran Channa. Channa works with different art media (installation, drawing, painting, digital, moving image and sculpture) and draws attention to the ingredients required for the process of documentation, highlighting how history is recorded, framed and manufactured via photography, archeology and literature. Channa is interested in the role played by these modes in the perversion of knowledge and the construction of consciousness. In Eye, Channa will focus mainly on the collections of images from the former Dutch colonies.

Amal Alhaag

The new Scholar-in-Residence is Amal Alhaag. Alhaag works as an independent curator, cultural programmer and radio DJ. She is interested in oral history, counter-culture and global social issues, where she likes to research and put on the agenda "uncomfortable issues". Many of her projects are based at the intersection of music, contemporary art, anthropology and (post) colonial history. Alhaag is a member of the curatorial team for the exhibition Sonsbeek 2020-2024; curatorial & reseach fellow at Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; and co-founder of the association Metro54. She also works as senior research & public programmer at the Research Center for Material Culture, part of the Museum of World Cultures.


Imran Channa and Amal Alhaag will present their final projects during the Eye Artist-and-Scholar-in-Residence Week in December 2021. The form of this presentation is not fixed and can vary from a screening of their new work, a lecture, a publication or the exhibition of an installation.