Bouchra Khalili was born in 1975 in Casablanca, Morocco and lives and works in Berlin and Oslo.
Working with film, video, installation, photography and prints, Khalili’s practice articulates language, subjectivity, orality, and geographical explorations. Each of her projects investigates strategies and discourses of resistance as elaborated, developed, and narrated by individuals, often members of political minorities. Many of her works suggest civic platforms, from which members of minorities perform their strategies of resistance to arbitrary power. Through her work, Khalili articulates subjectivity and collective history, questioning the complex relationships between the singular and civic belonging and calling for a new collective voice to come into being.
In a UK premiere for Artes Mundi 8, Twenty-Two Hours (2018) follows two young African-American women investigating how, in the 1970s, celebrated French writer Jean Genet was called to action by the Black Panther Party and travelled secretly to the US to support their struggle for racial equality.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Bouchra Khalili – Blackboard, Jeu de Paume, Paris (2018); Bouchra Khalili, Secession, Vienna (2018); The Mapping Journey Project, MoMa, New York City (2016); Foreign Office, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Garden Conversation, MACBA, Barcelona (2015); The Opposite of the Voice-Over, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto (2013).