Born 1981. Lives and works in and out of Palestine.
He is an architect and visual artist. His works has been exhibited in several major exhibitions, including among others: New Photography, MoMA 2018, Jerusalem Lives, Palestinian Museum, 2017, Post-Peace, Kunstverein Stuttgart 2017, Shanghai Biennial 2016, Sharjah Biennial 2013.
Yazan Khalili received a degree in architecture from Birzeit University in 2003 and in 2010 received his MA degree from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmith's College, University of London, and in 2015 his MFA degree at Sandberg Institute, Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. He was one of the founding members of Zan Design Studio (2005-2010). He was a finalist in the A. M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Artists Award (YAYA 2006). He was the production coordinator for Sharjah Biennials 9 & 10, and the technical director of the inaugural exhibition of the Palestinian Museum “Jerusalem Lives”. He curated (YAYA 2012), The City | The Image symposium with Goethe Institute, Ramallah 2012, The Long Journey exhibition, working with the UNRWA Audio-Visual archive for Palestine refugees, in 2013, and in 2015 he co-organized Walter Benjamin in Palestine workshop and symposium. He is the winner of Extract V young artist prize 2015. Currently he is a visiting lecturer at the media department at Al-Quds Bard college, and since September 2015 Yazan has been the artistic director of Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre.
His writings and photographs have been featured in several publications, including among others Assuming Boycotts, WDW Magazine, Kalamon, Manifesta Journal, Frieze Magazine, Race & Class, C-Print, Ibraaz, Contemporary Art: World Currents, and Subjective atlas of Palestine. In 2009, alongside Lara Khaldi, Khalili co-curated We Were Never Heroes as part of the Jerusalem Show, and the film and video programs; Cinema of Independence 2009 and In The Name of the Father 2011 at the Arab Shorts Festival presented by the Goethe Institute, in Cairo.
Tabakalera, International Centre for Contemporary Culture, San Sabastian, 2017
Arsenale, The Living Archive, w/Lara Khaldi, Berlin, 2014
Delfina Foundation, London, 2008.
Danish Film School, Copenhagen, 2006.
Solo shows include:
2018 No one Saw the Colors, Kunstforeningen, GL Strand, Copenhagen
2017 On the Other Side of the Law, Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Dubai
2015 On Love and Other Landscapes. Mumbai Art Room, India.
2015 The Aliens. Transit gallery, Belgium.
2014 Regarding Distance. Edge of Arabia Projects, London
2013 On Love and Other Landscapes w/Basma Alsharif. Imane Fares Gallery, Paris
2011 Landscape of Darkness. Transit Gallery, Belgium
2008 Margins. Delfina Foundation, London
2007 Urban Impression at French Cultural Centers in Palestine
Group shows and performances
Hiding Our Faces Like a Dancing Wind, Being: New Photography, MoMA, New York
Falling Stone, Flying Stone, Palestinian Museum “Jerusalem Lives”, Birzeit
The Day We Saw Nothing in Front of Us, Post Peace, Kunstverein Stuttgart / and Nest, Den Haag
I, The Artwork, Toxic Assets, eflux space, New York
I, The Artwork, Riwaq Biennial, Palestine.
The Aliens, After the Last Sky exhibition, Ballhous, Berlin.
I, The Artwork, Jerusalem show, Qalandia International, Palestine.
Hiding Our Facing Like a Dancing Wind, Searching for a Present, EMMA, Finland
Robbery in Area A & Scouting for Locations, Shanghai Biennale
Hiding Our Faces Like a Dancing Wind, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin
Hiding Our Faces Like a Dancing Wind. Extract V, young artist award 2015, Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen.
Cracks Remind me of Roadkills, A Million Lines, XII Baltic Triennial, Krakow, Poland.
Landscape of Darkness, Biennial Of Photography In The Contemporary Arab World, the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
The Island, Absolut Art Bar, Art Dubai, Dubai w/ Arnar Asgiersson
On Love and Other Landscapes, LA MER AU MILIEU DES TERRES // MARE MEDI TERRANEUM, Es Baluard Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma.
Love Letters to a Union / The Falling Comrades, w/Lara Khaldi, Forum Expanded, Berlinale, Berlin.
Blindness of Love, Eye on Palestine, Brussels
Love Letter to Mars, w/Lara Khaldi, OCA, Oslo
Love Letter to Mars, w/Lara Khaldi, Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafi, Cairo
The Aliens, Manam exhibition, Arab Cultural Center, Haifa.
Simple Standing Triangle. UnMapping the World part of Expimenta Design, Portogal
Landscape of Darkness. Deep into that Darkness Peering, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah
Scouting for Locations: Traces of a Scream. Re-emerge, Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah
Color Correction III. Editions#1, Edge of Arabia, London
Robbery in Area A, a project published with Portal 9, Edition #3, Beirut
Blindness of Love, The Lonely Crowds, /S:in/ Festival, Ramallah
Love Letters to a Union, HomeWorks 6, Ashakal Alwan, Beirut
Color Correction III. #Coming Together, Edge of Arabia, London.
On Love and Other Landscapes. Right to Refusal, Bergenzer. Austria
On Love and Other Landscapes. Forum Expanded, Berlinale, Berlin.
The Aliens, published with Manifesta Journal #15
On Love and Other Landscapes. Keffiyeh. KVS, Brussels
Color Correction I, II, III. Beyond the Last Sky, Sydney, Australia.
On Love and Other Landscapes. Eye on Palestine, Belgium
Color Correction I, II, III, PARADISE NOW, Beursschouwburg, Brussels
Love Letters to a Union, Through the Roadblocks, Limassol
Color Correction I. Future of a Promise Pavilion, 54 Venice Biennial
On Love and Other Landscapes. The Jerusalem Show. Palestine
Landscape of Darkness. Passport to Palestine, London.
The Slaughterhouse, published as part of Designing Civic Encounters
Area C. External: New Art from Further East at Newertown | Art, London
Area C, Landscape in Exile. The Jerusalem Show, Jerusalem
Invitation to an Exhibition. Another Shadow of the city, Jerusalem. Palestine
Color Correction I. Mapping, Palestinian Pavilion Art Dubai, UAE
Ramallah Syndrome. Palestine Pavilion c/o Venice Biennial 53 (with Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti)
The Tangible, with TG-Stan Theatre. Belgium
No Man’s Land at Video Art, Hay Festival. Granada
Color Correction 0. Occupied spaces, London.
State of Waiting (w/Mohanad Yaquobi) The Young Artist Award, Ramallah.
Invisible. Ramallah, Amman and Rome