AAH aims to draw the attention of the international community to the situation in Hebron H2, where Israel exercises military control, enforcing a modern-day apartheid and using cut-edge surveillance technologies to monitor every aspect of Palestinian’s life throughout the West Bank, violating their fundamental human right of privacy. AAH broadcasts projects performed in H2 outwards to a global network of cultural venues and associated digital platforms. It also invites high-profile figures of the art world to visit Hebron, where they have the opportunity to engage with local artists and activists as well as to gain a genuine and firsthand understanding of the situation on the ground.
AAH was founded by Issa Amro and Adam Broomberg
Adam Broomberg, Co-founder
Adam is a South-African artist, educator and activist based in Berlin. His work explores themes of conflict, power, and the representation of truth in contemporary society. As a former anti-apartheid activist from a family of Jewish Holocaust survivors, he has a unique podium from which to declare his outspoken opposition to the occupation of Palestine. His first published work about Palestine was “Chicago” (made with Oliver Chanarin and Eyal Weizman published by MACK, 2005). The work was widely exhibited, including at ICP in New York, which drove the Anti-Defamation League to sue the artist “for accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing”. While his work is held in many of the most important contemporary art collections internationally, he dedicates much of his time to using his leverage in the art world for actions in Palestine. His work continues to inspire and provoke viewers, inviting them to critically examine the world around them and confront uncomfortable truths.
Issa Amro, Co-founder
Issa is a Palestinian activist based in Hebron, West Bank. He is involved in monitoring the application of international human rights and humanitarian law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He advocates the use of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience to fight the Israeli Occupation of the Palestinian Territories. In 2010, he was declared “human rights defender of the year in Palestine” by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Issa also founded other non-violent organisations who work peacefully against Israeli occupation of the West Bank, such as the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), the Arab Non-Violence Network and the Hebron Defenders, and Youth Against Settlements (YAS). His house in Tel Rumeida, Hebron, in the occupied West Bank, is constantly under threat and attack. It also serves as a community centre of the Palestinian civil society organisation Youth Against Settlements, which seeks to end settlement expansion through peaceful civil resistance.