(Beirut - 1982) is a Dutch-Lebanese-Palestinian artist based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His work ranges between performing arts and installations. Alaa started his career in 2006 as a light designer & Scenographer. In 2010, he started creating his own installations that were mainly presented in public spaces. In 2016, Alaa started his artistic research about belonging and its relationship to physical spaces. This lead to a series of performances all under the same name; "2048".
In his practice, Alaa tries to explore the possibilities of merging installation and performing arts. He also tries to involve the audience, not only as active participants, but rather as an integral element in the structure of the performance, for that Alaa diminishes the role of the performer and highlights the presence of the spectator. Subjects like belonging, presence, absence, arab-futurism, wars, traumas, and heeling were tackled within alaa minawi's works.
Alaa has a BA in Communication Arts from the Lebanese American University (LAU 2008) & and MA in Fine Arts from Hogeschool voor De Kunsten Utrecht (HKU 2018). He Attained a certificate from Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts London (RADA) to train light designers.
He is a teacher at Hogeschool voor De Kunsten Amsterdam (AHK / University Amsterdam) & A lecturer in Hogeschool voor De Kunsten Utrecht (HKU / University Utrecht)
Alaa is the founder & Program Director of the “Beirut Summer School for Theater & Performance”
(2013) "beyond myself..."
(2014) "my light is your light..."
(2016) “the bride"
(2020) “waiting for it to end...”
(2022) "cobie's light"
(2012) "[a piano in my pillow]"
(2018) “2048 – the machine"
(2019) "2048 – bodies – borders – belonging"
(2019) “2048 – what does not make us one"
(2021) "that breath we held..."
His artwork "my light is your light..." is registered in Unesco year of light 2015
He was nominated for best light art award by D’Arc Award, London, UK 2016