Paris-based Moroccan artist Bouchra Khalili was born in 1975, in Casablanca, Morocco. Raised between Paris and Casablanca, she later studied Cinema at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, and Visual Arts at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts, Paris-Cergy.
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 », with a specific regard toward the destiny of migrants, in that they concretely epitomize subjects that are fundamentally governed by itinerancy.
In her work, she articulates language, subjectivity, minority discourse and speech, transitional territories and transit zones, investigating the interrelation between contemporary migrations and colonial history, physical and imaginary geography. Inspired by Edward Saïd, Khalili’s methodology and work articulates the blurring of various art practices with minority issues, because as Said reminds us in *Reflections on exile*,"exile, immigration and the crossing of boundaries are experiences that can . . . provide us with new narrative forms … and other ways of telling".
Khalili’s work has been shown extensively around the world, including recently at The MoMA as part of the film exhibition "Mapping Subjectivity" (2011) ; The 10th Sharjah Biennial (2011) ; The Marian Goodman Gallery (Paris, 2011) ; The Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, 2011) ; The Hamilton Gallery (2011) ; The Liverpool Biennial (2010) ; The Studio Museum, New York (2010) ; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2010) ; INIVA, London (2010) ; Gallery 44, Toronto (2010) ; The 2nd Thessaloniki Biennial (2009) ; The Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid (2009) ; The Queens Museum of Art, New York (2009), and The 3rd Guanzhou Triennial (2008), among others.
She’s also the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including The Louis Lumière Award (2005) ; The Image/Mouvement Grant (2007) ; The Videobrasil Residency Award ; and The Cultures France Hors Les Murs Award in 2010. In 2011, she received the Daad - Artist in Berlin Award and was also awarded the Vera List Center Fellowship Program (The New School, New York).
Her first monograph entitled Story Mapping was published in the winter of 2010 (Bureau des Compétences et Désirs/Presses du Réel).