Working in video, print, photography, and mixed media installations, Bouchra Khalili has emerged as one of the most significant artistic voices to mine the experience of immigrant minorities. The artist combines a conceptual approach with documentary practices to explore issues of forced nomadism, undocumented existence, and minority discourses.
The recipient of numerous awards, among them this year's DAAD-Artist in Berlin Award, Moroccan-French artist Bouchra Khalili is a 2011-2013 Vera List Center Fellow with a New York residency in association with ArteEast. During her fellowship, Khalili will build upon research that she has been conducting for nearly a decade and focus on New York's population of undocumented immigrant laborers and the everyday objects that are evidence of their clandestine existences. Her research will result in the production of a new artwork, to be premiered at The Pérez Art Museum Miami, as part of their commissioned projects for the opening of the museum in December 2013.
Born in Casablanca, Morocco, and based between Berlin and Paris, Bouchra Khalili was trained in film, video, and the visual arts at the Sorbonne Nouvelle and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts de Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC). She is a former professor of new media and video at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Marseille, and a founding member and curator at the Cinémathèque de Tanger, North Africa's first cinema cultural center.
The screening of select works by Khalili is followed by a conversation between the artist and film curator Livia Alexander, Executive Director of ArteEast.
- Bouchra Khalili, artist and 2011-2013 Vera List Center Fellow
- Livia Alexander, executive director, ArteEast
Organized and presented by the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School in conjunction with the center'scuratorial focus theme Thingness, the New School class Art & the Political, and ArteEast.
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image caption: Bouchra Khalili, "Speeches: Mahmoud Darwish", 2012, 4'. Video still from the "Speeches" series, video installation, 5 single channels. 2012.