Adam Broomberg


Adam Broomberg (b. 1970, Johannesburg) is an artist, activist and educator. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

Broomberg is Practice supervisor on the MA in Photography & Society at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague. He was recently a visiting professor in the Media Arts Department of the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) and between 2016 and 2022 was professor of Photography at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HfBK) in Hamburg.

His most recent work “Anchor in the Landscape” a photographic survey of olive trees in Occupied Palestine has just been published by MACK books and will be exhibited at the 60th edition of La Biennale di Venezia. His activist work currently includes having founded Artists + Allies x Hebron (AHH), an NGO which he co-directs alongside the celebrated Palestinian human rights defender Issa Amro. Their recent project, “Counter Surveillance” entailed installing surveillance cameras in olive groves in Hebron, Palestine and broadcasting the livestream to numerous international institutions. An attempt to enlist the public in the task of protecting the ancient trees from destruction by illegal settlers and Israeli authorities.

For two decades, he was one half of the critically acclaimed artist duo Broomberg & Chanarin. Together they had numerous solo exhibitions, most recently at Fabra i Coats Centre D’Art Contemporani Barcelona (2021), The Centre Georges Pompidou (2018) and the Hasselblad Center (2017), among others. His participation in international group shows include; 8th Triennial of Photography — Currency, Hamburger Kunsthalle (2022); the Yokohama Trienniale (2017); Documenta, Kassel (2017); The British Art Show 8 (2015-2017); Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern (2015); Shanghai Biennale (2014); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Tate Britain (2014); and the Gwangju Biennale (2012). His work is held in major public and private collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Baltimore Museum of Art, Centres Pompidou, Cleveland Museum of Art, MoMA, Stedelijk Museum, Tate, Yale University Art Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum. Major awards include the Arles Photo Text Award (2018), ICP Infinity Award (2014) for Holy Bible and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2013) for War Primer 2.