Born in Jerusalem in 1978 and grew up in Hebron, currently living and working in Ramallah.
Alhroub graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from Al-Najah National University, Palestine in 2001. He was awarded the Ford Foundation fellowship to pursue an MFA, which he completed in 2010 from the Winchester School of Art, the University of Southampton in the UK. In 2012, Alhroub was awarded the first grand prize at the 14th Art Asian Biennial, Bangladesh.
Alhroub works with a variety of media including photography, video installation, and paintings. His work directly deals with the polemics of a place, questioning its role in humanity and its influence on creativity. His work is deeply influenced by the socio-political sentiments that assert his identity as well as his desire to belong to a social and cultural community; rooted in a particular place, Alhroub constantly longs for a feeling of attachment, a sense of significant ownership of that place. More recently, his work began to engage with the search into the self. Using the body as a signifier, his work shows the threatened self-identity through the process of scrutiny and experimentation. The work deals with personal vulnerability and experience of existential anxiety strongly associated with issues such as religion, nationalism, conflict, and identity construction. Moreover, it looks for meaning, not in the individual sign, but in the context of exile and fragmentation.
Alhroub exhibited at various museums, biennales, and art venues including: Art Dubai, Dubai 2016; Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE 2015; The Aga Khan Museum, Toronto – Canada 2015; Imperial War Museum, London, UK 2015; Frieze Art Fair, London, UK 2014; Krannert Art Museum, USA 2014; Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem 2014; Gallery One, Ramallah, Palestine 2014; The Institution of Contemporary ICA, London 2013; Gallery Mana, Istanbul, Turkey 2013; Eli and Edythe Broad Museum, USA 2012; 15th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh 2012; The Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE 2012; Bag Art Exhibition, Norway 2012; Ali Ribelli Exhibition, Museo Del Brigantaggio, Italy 2012; Saison Vidéo 2012, France 2012; Instants Vidéo Festival 24th Marseille, France 2011; Centre for Contemporary Art Laznia, Gdansk, Poland 2011; Green Art Gallery, Dubai 2010; Leaving Space, All Art Now Festival 2010; The 17th International Festival of Video Art of Casablanca, Morocco 2010; The Mosaic Rooms, London 2008; the International Human Rights Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland 2006, among others.
Alhroub also participated in several International artist residencies and workshops such as Art Omi, New York 2014; Artist residency in Matters Factory Museum, Pittsburgh 2013; Delfina Foundation Residency, London 2012; Bag Art Camp Residency and Workshop, Bergen, Norway 2012; “Shatna” International Artists Workshop, Jordan 2008.
Bashar Alhroub’s work is also included in a number of International collections and museums including the Imperial War Museum, London; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; Bengal National Gallery, Bangladesh; Birzeit University Museum collection, Palestine; Omi Art Center, New York; and Michael Abbate collection, New York; Bank of Palestine collection, Palestine; and in many other renowned private collections worldwide, such as Dr. Ramzi Dalloul’s collection.