Collectives within Collectives
May 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2023

Collectives within Collectives

Carte Blanche to Bouchra Khalili
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Bouchra Khalili, The Magic Lantern, 2019-2022 (captura de vídeo). © Bouchra Khalili, VEGAP, 2023 

«In a film when someone speaks, who speaks?», is a recurring question in Khalili’s words and oeuvre. In a recent conversation with writer and curator Omar Berrada, Khalili goes further in her meditation on filmmaking in relation to questions of representation of members of communities rendered invisible by the nation-state model: «Could it be that cinema is per excellence the art of community?»

On the occasion of her exhibition Bouchra Khalili. Between Circles and Constellations, the artist has selected films and videos responding to some her most recent projects: The Circle (2023), The Magic Lantern (2019–22), Twenty-Two Hours (2018) and The Tempest Society (2017).

In this selection of moving-image works, she brings together pioneers of cinema of immigration in France, allies using their cameras to support immigrants’ struggles for equal rights, feminism and internationalism. What all of those filmic works have in common is to have been overshadowed by official film and video historiography. Also, they all emphasise a key practice of Khalili’s method: resurrecting the ‘unarchived’. Throughout this film and video programme, Khalili invites us on a journey throughout the forgotten legacy of the Movement of Arab Workers (MTA) and its theatre groups in France during the 1970s, which unfolds through fiction in Les Ambassadeurs by Naceur Ktari and documentary traces that have mostly been created collectively by pioneers of video-making and militant 16mm and super 8mm cinema as produced by Cinélutte, Vidéo 00, Colletif Mohamed or Weekend à Nanterre – the two latter offering among the first cinematic gestures of self-representation of migrant youth in France.

This filmic journey concludes with Carole Roussopoulos – one of what Khalili herself calls «recurring ghosts» in her work –, a pioneer of video art and activism who filmed movements for social justice, workers’ and feminist resistance struggles.

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May 25, 26, 27 and 28, 2023
7:30 pm
Free admission. Limited capacity.
Collectives within Collectives
Meier Auditorium
Bouchra Khalili
Casablanca, 1975
She graduated in Film & Media Studies at Sorbonne Nouvelle and Visual Arts at the Ecole Nationale d’Arts de Paris-Cergy. Encompassing film, video, installation, photography, printmaking, and publishing, Khalili’s practice explores imperial and colonial continuums as epitomized by contemporary instances of illegal migration and the politics of memory of anti-colonial struggles and international solidarity. Deeply informed by the legacy of post-independence avant-gardes and the vernacular traditions of her native Morocco, Khalili’s approach develops strategies of storytelling at the intersection of history and micro-narratives. Combining documentary and conceptual practices, she investigates questions of self-representation, autonomous agency, and forms of resistance of communities rendered invisible by the nation-state model. Khalili’s work has been subject to many international solo exhibitions, including at FFT Düsseldorf (2022); Bildmuseet, Umea (2021); Oslo Kunstforening and Fotogalleriet, Oslo (2020); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2019); Museum Folkwang, Essen (2018); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2018); Secession, Vienna (2018); CAAC, Sevilla (2017); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2017); MoMA, New York (2016); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); MACBA, Barcelona (2015); PAMM, Miami (2013). Her work was also included in collective international manifestations such as the 2nd Lahore Biennial (2020); the 12th Bamako Biennial (2019); BienalSur, Buenos Aires (2019); Documenta 14, Athens (2017); the Milano Triennale (2017); the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); La Triennale, Paris (2012); the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012); and the 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011). She participated to numerous collective exhibitions in international institutions such as the Fondazione Sandretto, Turin (2021); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2021); CAM, St. Louis (2021); Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2020); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018, 2020); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2019); Cardiff National Museum (2018); MAXXI, Rome (2018, 2021); MCA, Sydney (2016); Kunsthaus, Zurich (2015); Van AbbeMuseum, Eindhoven (2014); New Museum, New York (2014); Carré d’Art, Nîmes (2013); Tropen Museum, Amsterdam (2013); Haus Der Welt, Berlin (2010, 2013); Hayward Gallery, London (2012); South London Gallery (2012); Cité Internationale de l’Immigration, Paris (2012); Beirut Art Center (2011); Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2011); Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (2008). In 2022, she received the inaugural Terry Riley Humanitarian Award. A nominee of the Guggenheim’s Hugo Boss Prize (2018) and the Artes Mundi Prize (2018), she was also the recipient of the Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute Fellowhip (2017-2018), the Ibsen Award (2017), the Abraaj Art Prize (2014), the Sam Art Prize (2013), daad Artists-in-Berlin (2012), and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics Fellowship, New York (2011-2013). She is a Professor of Contemporary Art at the Angewandte University in Vienna, and a founding member of La Cinémathèque de Tanger, an artist-run non-profit organization.
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