Bouchra Khalili

2011-2013 Vera List Center Fellow
Bouchra Khalili is a Moroccan-French visual artist living in Paris and Berlin, whose fellowship is part of the Thingness cycle of VLC programs.

Programs and projects
Invisible Roads

Berlin-based artist Bouchra Khalili (b. Casablanca) works in film, installation, photography, and prints, and has been
the subject of international solo exhibitions at Secession, Vienna (2018); Wexner Center for the Arts (2017); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2016); and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015), among others. Her work has also been featured in documenta 14 and the Milano Triennale (2017); Telling Tales, MCA, Sydney (2016); The Future of History, Kunsthaus, Zurich (2015); Positions, VanAbbe Museum (2014); Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York (2014); The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th Venice Biennale (2013), the 18th Sydney Biennale (2012), and the 10th Sharjah Biennal (2011). She has been nominated for the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize, and for the 2018 Artes Mundi 8 Prize, and was awarded a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship and an Ibsen Award (2017). Khalili is a professor of contemporary art at Oslo National Art Academy and was a 2011–2013 Fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

For her fellowship project, Paper Works, Khalili investigated New York's population of over half a million undocumented immigrant laborers, and examined everyday objects that accompany their clandestine, largely invisible existences.

Khalili studied film at the Sorbonne nouvelle and visual arts at the Ecole nationale supérieure d'arts de Paris-Cergy. She is professor of new media and video at the Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts in Marseille, and a founding member and film curator at the Cinémathèque de Tanger, a non-for-profit based in Tangiers, Morocco.

Khalili's work in video, mixed media installations, and prints combines a conceptual approach with a documentary practice to explore issues of nomadism, clandestine existences, and the "émigré experience." In her work, she articulates language, subjectivity, minority discourse, and speech, investigating the interrelationships between contemporary migrations and colonial history, physical and imaginary geography.

Chosen from an international pool of over 200 applications from 22 countries, both fellows'—Bouchra Khalili's and Joshua Simon's—proposals are notable for their artistic excellence, political focus, and ties to New School and Vera List Center scholarship.