Bouchra Khalili

  • Morocco
  • 2019/2020
  • Abigail R. Cohen Fellow
Bouchra Khalili

Born in Morocco and based in Berlin, Bouchra Khalili is an artist who works with film, installations, and prints. Her work has appeared in major international exhibitions including at documenta 14, the 55th Venice Biennale, the 18th Sydney Biennale, and the 10th Sharjah Biennal. She has had solo shows at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in Paris, Secession Building in Vienna, Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Maxxi in Rome, and MoMA in New York, among others. She was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard and at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, and a DAAD-Artist in Berlin. Other distinctions include the Ibsen Award from the Ibsen National Theater and the Abraaj Art Prize. A long-time educator, Khalili is a Professor of Contemporary Art at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and a founding member of the Cinémathèque de Tanger, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting film culture in Northern Morocco.

The Assembly

During her fellowship in Paris, Khalili will focus on developing and producing a video installation that pursues her long-term reflection on "radical equality." Her project takes as a starting point a forgotten part of the struggle for equal rights for immigrants in France and will gather a group of young French of immigrant descent. Together with Khalili, they will collectively investigate and reactivate the legacy of immigrants' struggle for equality and its resonances in our present-time.