Yazan Khalili

ARTIST Yazan Khalili

Born in Syria (Palestinian origin) in 1981
Lives and works in and out of Palestine

Born in 1981, Yazan Khalili lives and works in Palestine. Khalili received a degree in architecture from Birzeit University and graduated with a Masters degree from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, London.

He has participated in numerous shows internationally, including Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti’s project Ramallah Syndrome in the Palestine c/o Venice Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009). In 2009, alongside Lara Khaldi, Khalili co-curated We Were Never Heroes as part of the Jerusalem Show, and Independent Film in Palestine, at the Arab Shorts Festival presented by the Goethe Institute, in Cairo.

Yazan Khalili’s photography excavates landscapes laden with layers of political signification. Through photography and the written word, he weaves together parallel stories with which he asks impossible questions at times, wakes the sleeping national unconscious at others. The artwork On Love and Other Landscapes comes from questioning the representation of the wall, built by the Israelis. His question stems from a dilemma in representation, the wall has been used and consumed within the global economy of images, the more it’s represented in its raw form, the more normalized and banal it becomes. The artist places this wall in a context of love, somehow stressing that it happens in spite, or that it is not only a form of telling but as a gesture of resistance…

He writes of a love story with a woman who had just abandoned him leaving many photographs that lack his presence and the wall’s, their absence  coinciding in the foreboding landscape of the work.


British Museum, London, UK


Finalist in the A. M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Artists Award, Ramallah, Palestine 2006
Nominated for the KLM Paul Huf Award in 2009, 2010, 2012


Frieze Magazine, Race & Class, C-Print, Ibraaz, Contemporary Art: World Currents, and Subjective atlas of Palestine.

Expositions collectives


On Love And Other Landscapes, with Basma Alsharif, Galerie Imane Farès


Coming Together: London, Edge of Arabia, London, UK
Right to Refusal, Magazin4, Bergenzer, Austria
On Love and Other Landscapes, Forum Expanded, Berlinale, Berlin, Germany
Keffiyeh, “On Love and Other Landscapes”, KVS, Bruxelles, Belgium
Color Correction I, II, III, Beyond the Last Sky, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia
On Love and Other Landscapes, Eye on Palestine (festival itinérant), Bruxelles, Ghent, Antwerp, Mechelen and Leuven, Belgium


Future of a Promise Pavilion, 54 Venice Biennial, Venice, Italia
The Jerusalem Show, Al-Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem
Passport to Palestine, La Scatola Gallery, London, UK


New Art from Further East, Newertown | Art, London, UK
The Jerusalem Show, Al-Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem


Invitation to a fictive exhibition, The Other Shadow of the city, Jerusalem Est
Mapping Palestine, Palestinian Pavilion Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Sandi Hilal and Allesandro Petti’s Ramallah Syndrome project, Palestine Pavilion c/o Venice Biennial 53, Venice, Italia
The Tangible, TG-Stan Theatre. Antwerp, Belgium


No Man’s Land at Video Art, Hay Festival. Grenada, Spain
Occupied spaces, The Mosaic Rooms, A.M. Qattan Foundation, London, UK


Invisible, Ramallah, Amman et Rome


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