Alia Rayyan holds an MA degree in international politics, with focus on the Middle East, sociology and history of art, from University of Hamburg and School of Oriental and African Studies "SOAS" - University of London. She worked in Berlin, Beirut, Dubai, Amman and Ramallah.
Since 2001 she interweaves politics and art around the issue “image-perception-knowledge-power” as a creative producer, filmmaker, project manager, journalist and writer for different projects and events. Alia created and worked for a number of intercultural projects in the art field like the literature exchange program “West-Eastern Diwan”, Berliner Festspiele, Goethe Institute or “Living Globality”, an Arab-German exchange of culture journalists for the Heinrich Boell Foundation. In 2003 she worked as journalist, researcher and moderator for the contemporary Arab culture program of “DISorientation”, House of World Cultures, Berlin – one of the first contemporary Arab Art shows in Germany. Between 2003 and 2005 she supported the foundation of the art magazine ”Bidoun” and worked as senior editor and manager for the European distribution.
Moving in 2007 to Palestine manifested her focus to the topic of image language and identity, and she worked for different international organizations as consultant and culture manager in Ramallah and Amman, like UNESCO, Heinrich Boell Foundation and GIZ. In 2008 she worked as committee member, film advisor and artist for ”Masarat – Palestinian Contemporary Art Festival”, Brussels. 2011 and 2012 she was involved in the “The Palestinian Memory Documentary Project”, that took place in Talbiye refugee camp in Amman.
Since September 2013, she took over the position as Executive and Art Director at the Al Hoash Gallery – the Palestinian Art Court, in Jerusalem. She was responsible for creating the new creative industry program for young Palestinian artists and designers, as well as the social art engagement program with urban interventions and rebel architecture projects to confront the specific circumstances in public spaces for Palestinians in Jerusalem. Her latest article about rethinking structures for the creative field in conflict zones will be published in Museums – Users and Sustainable Solutions, by the Danish Agency of Culture.