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

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.

Khalili's work has been shown extensively around the world, including recently at the 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011); the Liverpool Biennial (2010); The Studio Museum in Harlem (2010); INIVA, London (2010); the Reina Sofía National Museum, Madrid (2009); and the Guangzhou Triennial (2008). (Biography as of 2011)


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.

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