Born 1981. Lives and works in and out of Palestine.
Yazan Khalili received a degree in architecture from Birzeit University in 2003 and in 2010 graduated with a Masters degree from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmith's College, University of London. He recently finished his MFA degree at Sandberg Institute, Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. He was one of the founding members of Zan Design Studio (2005), and Beit Aneeseh Bar (2010), he was a finalist in the A. M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Artists Award (2006), as well as an artist-in-residence at the The Delfina Foundation in London (2008) and The Danish Film School (2006). He was the production Coordinator for Sharjah Biennials 9 & 10. He taught Politics of Production course at the International Art Academy - Palestine, and co-curated along with Reem Shilleh the Young Artist of the Year Award (YAYA 2012). He also curated The City | The Image symposium with Goethe Institute, Ramallah 2012. In 2013, he curated The Long Journey exhibition, working with the UNRWA Audio-Visual archive for Palestine refugees.
Khalili’s photography is detailed, reflective and full of intent. Using photography and the written word, Khalili unpacks historically constructed landscapes. Borrowing from cinematic language, images become frames where the spectator embodies the progression of time and narratives. He has woven together parallel stories over the years, forming both questions and paradoxes concerning scenery and the act of gazing, all of which are refracted through the prism of intimate politics and alienating poetics. In particular, he focuses on the effect of geographical distance on our rendering of territory, and its ability to heighten or arrest our political and sentimental attachments.
Solo shows include, On Love and Other Landscapes at Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai (2015), The Aliens at Transit Gallery, Mechelen (2015). Regarding Distance at E.O.A.Projects, London (2014). On Love and other Landscapes at Imane Fares Gallery, Paris (2013). Landscape of Darkness at Transit Gallery, Belgium (2011); Urban Impression at French Cultural Centres in Palestine (2007/08); and Margins at The Delfina Foundation, London (2008). Selected group shows include Invisible, Ramallah, Amman and Rome (2006/07); No Man’s Land at Video Art, Granada (2008); Mapping at Art Dubai, UAE (2009), The Jerusalem Show (2011 and 2010), External: New Art from Further East at Newertown | Art, London (2010), Future of a Promise Pavilion, 54th Venice Biennial (2011), and Passport to Palestine, London (2011), #Come Together, Edge of Arabia, London (2012), Berlinale 62, forum expanded (2012), Re-emerge, Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013), Deep Into that darkness Peering, KSCC, Ramallah (2013). Additionally, Khalili was one of the participants in Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti’s project Ramallah Syndrome in the Palestine c/o Venice Pavilion at the 53 Venice Biennale (2009), and in the performance show The Tangible, with the Belgian group TG-Stan. In 2009, 2010, and 2012, he was nominated for the KLM Paul Huf Award. He was also nominated to the Bellagio award in 2013. His work has been acquired by the British Museum, Sharjah Art Foundation, and Imperial War Museum.
His writings and photographs have been featured in several publications, including among others 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. They also presented All the Other Lovers, a lecture performance at the NEME symposium Through the Road Blocks, Cyprus 2012, Love Letters to a Union at HomeWorks 6 symposium, Beirut, 2013, and Love Letter to Mars at OCA, Oslo, 2014, Love Letters to a Union: The Falling Comrades, at Forum Expanded, 2015.