Bouchra Khalili and Anne Szefer Karlsen have never sat down for a studio visit; a private conversation between two professionals engaging in the previous works of the artist, but also a space to open up for dreaming about the future.
Photo credit: Bouchra Khalili, Foreign Office. Digital Film, 2015. 25′. Courtesy of the artist.
Using the imaginary location of the artist studio, they invite an audience to join them in a conversation, which will move through Khalili’s works addressing issues like invisibility, alternatives to the nation-state model, the power of speech, and collective emancipation as defined and experimented by members of political minorities.
Bouchra Khalili is a visual artist and professor of contemporary art at the Academy of fine Art at KhiO. She holds a Master in Film from Sorbonne Nouvelle and an MFA in Visual Arts from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy. Khalili’s field of interest concerns the interaction between language, subjectivity, and collective voice. In her work, she investigates the ability and the limits of the image and sound to reflect the complex articulations of contemporary migrations, colonial history, physical and imaginary geography in the era of globalization.
Recent solo exhibitions include The Mapping Journey Project, MoMa, New York (2016), Foreign Office, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015) and Garden Conversation, MACBA, Barcelona (2015). She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, among others A Story Within a Story at the 8th Gothenburg Biennale (2015), Here and Elsewhere at New Museum, New York (2015), Positions at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2014) and The Encyclopedic Palace at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). Khalili is the recipient of the Sam Art Prize and the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2013), and was awarded the DAAD-Artist in Berlin residency (2012), as well as the Vera List Center for Art and Politics Fellowship at The New School, New York (2011-2013). Khalili is a co-founder of La Cinémathèque de Tanger, an artist run non-profit organization based in Tanger, Morocco, dedicated to promoting film culture in North Africa.
Anne Szefer Karlsen is an independent curator, writer and editor, currently Associate Professor for MA Curatorial Practice at Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2015-21). She was Director of Hordaland Art Centre (2008-14), curator for The Norwegian Sculpture Biennale 2015 entitled Art Belongs to Those Who See it at the Vigeland Museum in Oslo; curator for Lofoten International Art Festival – LIAF 2013 (with Bassam el Baroni and Eva González-Sancho) entitled Just what is it that makes today so familiar, so uneasy? and Associate Curator for Research and Encounters for Biennale Bénin 2012 – Inventer le monde: l’artiste citoyen (artistic director: Abdellah Karroum).
Szefer Karlsen’s writing has appeared in journals such as Afterall – A journal of Art, Context and Enquiry, Billedkunst, Kunstjournalen B-post, kunstkritikk.no, as well as in anthologies such as Condition Report (ed. Koyo Kouoh, 2013) and Making Biennials in Contemporary Times (eds. Galit Eilat et. al., 2015). She is series editor for ‘Dublett’, a book series featuring artists’ works through anthologies and artists’ books (2012-2016). She was co-editor of Self-Organised (with Stine Hebert, 2013) and Localisert/Localised (with Arne Skaug Olsen and Morten Kvamme, 2009).