Home Away from Home, 2018

Home Away from Home, 2018
Installation view Aperture Gallery, New York
Image Courtesy Aperture

Taysir Batniji (b.1966 in Gaza Palestine) lives and works between Paris and Palestine.

Batniji first left Gaza at 25 years old, and has traveled intermittently between his current home of Paris and his native Palestine. His displacement between two cities and two cultures has a strong influence on his work and artistic identity; a person and a practice within and without a country, a conflict, and a memory. He has become one of Palestine’s leading conceptual artists.

He received his BFA from Al Najah University. He went on to study in Italy and France. The artist has had solo exhibitions at Aperture Foundation, New York (2018); Contemporary Art Space André Malraux, France (2016); Espace Culturel Robert de Lamanon, Marseille (2013); La BF15, Lyon (2012); Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva (2007); and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2004).

Batniji has been included in group shows at Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Brussels (2018); the La Kunsthalle Mulhouse - Center for Contemporary Art, France (2017); Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany (2017); Valencia Institute of Modern Art, Spain (2016); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014); Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2012); Villa Medici (Rome, 2012) CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2012); Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (2009); as well as the Venice Biennial (2003, 2009 & 2011) and the Istanbul Biennial (2012). His work is also a part of major collections such as Georges Pompidou, FNAC, France, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Fondation Louis Vuitton, among others.



DNSEP, Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Bourges, Bourges, France

BA, Plastic Arts, Al-Najah University, Nablus, Palestine


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Home Away from Home, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France
Home Away from Home, Aperture Foundation, New York, USA

DIPLOPIA, Contemporary Art Space André Malraux, Colmar, France

Memory is Evergreen, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

Taysir Batniji. Man does not live by bread alone, Cultural Center Salon de Provence, Marseille, France

Troubles, Gallery BF15, Lyon, France

Mobile Home, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Acting Memories, Syndicat Potentiel, Strasbourg, France
Fathers, CCF of Algiers, Algeria

Fathers, Talmart Gallery, Paris, France
Background Noise, La Compagnie, Marseille, France
Fathers, Museum of Art and History, Geneva, Switzerland

Transit, Witte from With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Impossible Journey, K & S Gallery, Berlin, Germany

News / Breaking News, Arts and Crafts Village, Gaza


Selected Group Exhibitions

Living in the Mediterranean, Institut Valencià d’art Modern, Valencia, Spain
Beyond Borders, Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium

Titos Bunker, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
A World Not Ours, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse - Center for Contemporary Art, France
Kunsten Festival Watou, Belgium

Uprisings, Jeu de Paume, Paris
Between Myth and Fright. The Mediterranean as conflict, Valencia Institute of Modern Art, Valencia, Spain
Dream of another world, Centre D’Histoire, Lyon, France
Uncertain States, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Germany

[7P] Fotofestival Mannheim - Ludwigshafen - Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany

A History. Art, Architecture, Design from the 1980s until today, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
BNLMTL, L’avenir, Biennial of Montreal, Canada
Recreational Purpose, Bahrain National Museum, Manama, Bahrain
Les Horizons, La Criée Art Center, Rennes, France
Keep Your Eye on the Wall, Palestinian Landscapes, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait
Customs Made: Quotidian Practices and Everyday Rituals, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE
Thanks for Writing, 601 Artspace, New York, USA
Arab Contemporary: Architecture, Culture and Identity, Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art, Denmark
A Guest Without A Host Is A Ghost, CIC, Cairo, Egypt

The sea is my land. Artists from the Mediterranean, MAXXI, Rome, Italy
Summa Art Fair, Madrid, Spain
Here, Elsewhere, Friche La Belle De Mai, Tour-Panorama, Marseille, France

Light from the Middle East, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Forays. Self-interest systems - mechanisms of looting, Fotohof Salzburg, Germany
Systems and Patterns, International of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
Newtopia: The state of human rights, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Belgium
Making History, Frankfurter Kunstverein, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, MMK Zollamt, Germany
State of Transit, Open Systems, Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Vienna, Austria

Seeing is Believing, KW Berlin, Germany
Istanbul Biennial 12, Istanbul, Turkey
The Future of a Promise, 54th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

Biennial Cuvée, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria

Taswir – Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Jerusalem Show III: The Jerusalem Syndrome, Al-Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem
Palestine c / o Venice, 53rd Venice Biennale, La Giudecca, Venice, Italy
Palestine, La création dans tous ses états, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
Paris Photo, Paris, France

Water: Misery and Delight, IFA gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
Minimum Security, The Bank, Paris, France
Our Realities, The Neighborhood, Contemporary Art Center of Quimper, France

The 2nd Riwaq Biennial, Ramallah, Palestine
1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece
Still Life: Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change, Sharjah Biennial 8, Sharjah, UAE

Coding: Decoding, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Denmark
New Territories, Belfry, Stadshallen, Bruges, Belgium
Middle East News, On Culture and Politics, HAU, Berlin, Germany

KunstFilmBiennale, Sankt Peter Art Station, Cologne, Germany

Dreams and Conflicts - The Viewer’s Dictatorship, Utopia Station, 50th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2003

A Need of Realism. Solitude in Ujazdowski, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland



Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Joint Winner


Works in Public Collections:

Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Fondazione Goetz, Munich; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Georges Pompidou Center, Paris; Neuflize Foundation, Paris; Villa Bernasconi, Lancy, FNAC (National Fund of Contemporary Art), Paris; Immigration Museum, Paris; “Ursula Blikle Video Archive”, Kunsthalle Wien, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, AU and Ursula Blikle Foundation, Kraichtal; Fresnoy Media Library, Tourcoing Art Center, France; Multimedia library of Videochroniques, Friche de Belle de Mai, Marseille