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Ahlam Shibli

Ahlam Shibli

Sector : Cultural Figures , Artists

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  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Female
  • Born in: 1970
  • Age: 47
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Ahlam Shibli is a Palestinian artist who was born in Palestine in 1970. Shibli has worked since 1996 in the field of photography, realizing research projects that initially focused on the living conditions of the Palestinian population under Israeli rule, e.g. Unrecognized (1999– 2000), Goter (2002–03), and Trackers (2005).

More recent works broadened the scope of Shibli’s research about notions of home and belonging, approaching such subjects as Eastern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people in London, Zurich, Barcelona, and Tel Aviv (Eastern LGBT, 2006), immigrant care workers and their elderly employers in Barcelona (Dependence, 2007), and children in orphanages in Poland (Dom Dziecka: The House Starves When You Are Away, (2008), and one and the same population, in certain cases even the same individuals, who resisted occupation by the Germans and suffered from their atrocities waged a few years later colonial wars in indochina and Algeria against peoples who in their turn claimed independence (Trauma, 2008–09).

Shibli’s works have been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Istanbul Biennial (2005), T1, Torino (2005), the São Paulo Biennial (2006), the Kunsthalle Basel (2006), documenta 12, Kassel (2007), DCA, Dundee (2007), the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2008), MACBA, Barcelona (2008), the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2009), Darat al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman (2010), and Château de Sédières, Clergoux, Corrèze (2010). Different publications have been devoted to her work, among which Goter (Tel Aviv Museum, 2003), Lost Time (Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2003), and Trackers (Kunsthalle Basel and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2006), and Trauma (Peuple et Culture Corrèze, 2010).

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Achievements and Awards

Solo Exhibitions:

1- 2010 Ahlam Shibli, Trauma: Goter, & Trauma, Château de Sédières, Clergoux, Corrèze, France. within the frame work and support of Peuple et Culture Corrèze.
2- 2010 Why did you leave the forest empty!: Arab al-Sbaih, & The Valley, Darat al Funun, The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan.

3- 2009 Wydomowienie: Dom Dziecka. The house starves when you are away, An introduction to and nine chapters from Dependence, and Trackers, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej w Warszawie / Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Warsaw.

4- 2008 Trackers and The Valley, Contemporary Photographic Art Centre Contretype, Brussels. within the frame work of "MASARAT Palestine 2008".

5- 2007 Goter and Trackers, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee.

6- 2006 Trackers, Max Wigram Gallery, London. Trackers, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel.

7- 2003 Lost Time, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

8- Group Exhibitions

9- 2010 EarlyYears - The Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. participating with the series : Dom Dziecka. The house starves when you are away.

10- 2009 Everywhere. Sexual Diversity Polices in Art, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela. participating with selection from the series Eastern LGBT.

11- 2009 Connected Barcelona, transnational citizens. Migratory growth and urban practices, History Museum of Barcelona, MUHBA, Barcelona. participating with the DVD slide show An introduction to and nine chapters from Dependence.

12- 2008 Zonez of Conflict, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York. participated with selection from the series Arab al-Sbaih and Goter.

13- 2008 Universal Archive. The Condition of the Document and the Modern Photographic Utopia, MACBA, Barcelona. participated with the series Dependence.

14- 2008 Éclats de frontières, FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Marseille. participated with selection from the series Trackers and Goter.

15- 2008 Les inquiets, Centre Pompidou, Paris. participated with the series The Valley.

16- 2007 Documenta 12, Kassel. participated with the series Arab al-Sbaih and selection from Goter.

17- 2007 Opening Hours, Rebecca M. Camhi Gallery, Athens. participated with the series Horse Race in Jericho.

18- 2007 Cómo vivir juntos, Selección 27 Bienal São Paulo (MAC Quinta Normal), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago. participated with the series Eastern LGBT and Market.

19- 2006 The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society, 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville, BIACS 2, Seville. participated with the series Catastrophe: Mt. Tabor, Berlin, and Halisa.

20- 2006 How to Live Together, 27a. Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo [exh. guide, cat.]. participated with the series Eastern LGBT and Market.

21- 2006 A Tale of Two Cities: Busan—Seoul / Seoul—Busan, The Contemporary Art Exhibition, Busan Biennale 2006, Busan, participated with the series Trackers

22- 2006 Home Ground, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, The University of New South Wales, Sydney. participated with the series Unrecognised.

23- 2005 The Pantagruel Syndrome, T1 Torino Triennale Tremusei, Turin, participated with the series Trackers

24- 2005 Istanbul, 9th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul. participated with the series Unrecognised.

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