Heba Y. Amin (Cairo and Berlin)

The General’s Stork

In 2013, Egyptian authorities detained a migratory stork traveling from Israel to Egypt because of an electronic device attached to its leg. It was suspected of espionage. The lecture-performance converged historical accounts, biblical prophecies, colonial narratives, and politics of surveillance to investigate the contemporary conditions of a state paranoia that turned a migrating bird into an international spy.

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Heba Y. Amin’s FIELD MEETING participation was supported by Galeri Zilberman (Istanbul).

Heba Y. Amin, The General’s Stork, 2016. Lecture Performance documentation FIELD MEETING: Thinking Practice, November 11th at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo: Renata Carciofolo.


Heba Y. Amin is an visual artist, researcher and, currently, the curator of visual art for the MIZNA journal (USA) and co‐founder of the Black Athena Collective. She is also one of the artists behind the subversive action on the set of the television series “Homeland,” which received worldwide media attention. Amin’s work is embedded in extensive research and a studio practice that looks at the convergence of politics, technology, and urbanism. Working with various media, her work investigates topics surrounding critical spatial practice with a particular interest in tactics of subversion and techniques used to undermine systems. Amin’s artistic work has been shown worldwide with recent exhibitions at Kunsthalle Wien, Gallery Zilberman, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, the Kunstverein in Hamburg, Dak’Art 2016, the Marrakech Biennale Parallel Projects 2016, and the Berlin Berlinale 9th Forum Expanded Exhibition.

Heba Y. Amin’s FIELD MEETING participation is supported by Galeri Zilberman (Istanbul).
Heba Y. Amin, As Birds Fly in. Video still, 6 min 50 sec. Courtesy of artist.\