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  • Rania Lee Khalil

    Part-Time Faculty


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    L - Sheila C. Johnson Design Center - 2 West 13th Street

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    Rania Lee Khalil


    Rania Lee Khalil works in performance art and moving image for live audiences. Her embodied and research based practice interweaves reflections on postcoloniality, critical race theory, critical ecology, healing and third world feminism.  Formerly trained in dance and a somatic practioner, her videos explore lo fi and analog systems of making.   Her work has been seen in places including The Judson Church, La Mama Galleria, Martin Segal Theater, Utopia Station, The James Gallery and The Ontological-Hysteric Theater in New York; Aomori Art Museum Japan, Al Ma’mal Contemporary Art Foundation Palestine, Zawya Cinema Egypt, Kiasma Museum for Contemporary Art Finland and the 56th Venice Biennale. She is completing a practice based doctorate at the University of Arts Helsinki, Theatre Academy, and is the cofounder of the Interrelational Ecology Salon.  The daughter of Egyptian immigrants, Rania is the mother of one daughter, and based in Brooklyn.

    Degrees Held

    DFA (Doctorate of Fine Art) - University of Arts Helsinki, Finland (exp 2021)

    MA (Masters, Performance Practice as Research) - University of Warwick, England

    MSW (Masters of Social Work) - Hunter College, New York City

    BA (Bachelors of Arts) - Hampshire College, Amherst Mass.

    Simon's Rock Early College of Bard, Great Barrington Mass.  

    Recent Publications

    Khalil, Rania Lee. "Sinai: Tourism, Colonialism and the Sea"  The Journal for Embodied Reseach. (Upcoming, 2020) 

    Khalil, Rania Lee. "The Pan African Asian Women's Organization, Cairo to Conakry 1960-1965".  Ecosomatics Journal (vol 3), 2020 

    Khalil, Rania Lee.  "Family Photographs as Political Performance" Performance and Otherness (vol 1) Theatre Academy Helsinki Press, 2019


    Performances and Appearances

    MATATU festival, Oakland California (2019) 

    PUBLICS, Helsinki Finland (2019)

    Research Interests

    afro-arab unity, critical race theory, embodiment, postcolonialism, critical ecology, third world feminism, analog video, collaboration, community activism, trauma and political organizing, anti-capitalism, anti-imperialist thought, artistic research, practice as research

    Awards And Honors

    Gibney Dance, Moving Toward Justice Fellow (2020)

    Ecosomatics Fellow (2020)

    New York Foundation for the Arts (2019) 

    Current Courses

    Graduate Core: Studio Visits

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