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 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.



 

Education


1997
DNSEP, Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Bourges, Bourges, France

1992
BA, Plastic Arts, Al-Najah University, Nablus, Palestine

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions


2018
Home Away from Home, Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France
Home Away from Home, Aperture Foundation, New York, USA

2016
DIPLOPIA, Contemporary Art Space André Malraux, Colmar, France

2014
Memory is Evergreen, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

2013
Taysir Batniji. Man does not live by bread alone, Cultural Center Salon de Provence, Marseille, France

2012
Troubles, Gallery BF15, Lyon, France

2010
Mobile Home, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

2009
Acting Memories, Syndicat Potentiel, Strasbourg, France
Fathers, CCF of Algiers, Algeria

2007
Fathers, Talmart Gallery, Paris, France
Background Noise, La Compagnie, Marseille, France
Fathers, Museum of Art and History, Geneva, Switzerland

2004
Transit, Witte from With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2002
Impossible Journey, K & S Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2001
News / Breaking News, Arts and Crafts Village, Gaza

 

Selected Group Exhibitions


2018
Beyond Borders, Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium

2017
Titos Bunker, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
A World Not Ours, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse - Center for Contemporary Art, France
Kunsten Festival Watou, Belgium

2016
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

2015
[7P] Fotofestival Mannheim - Ludwigshafen - Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany

2014
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

2013
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

2012
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

2011
Seeing is Believing, KW Berlin, Germany
Istanbul Biennial 12, Istanbul, Turkey
The Future of a Promise, 54th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

2010
Biennial Cuvée, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria

2009
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

2008
Water: Misery and Delight, IFA gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
Minimum Security, The Bank, Paris, France
Our Realities, The Neighborhood, Contemporary Art Center of Quimper, France

2007
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

2006
Coding: Decoding, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Denmark
New Territories, Belfry, Stadshallen, Bruges, Belgium
Middle East News, On Culture and Politics, HAU, Berlin, Germany

2005
KunstFilmBiennale, Sankt Peter Art Station, Cologne, Germany

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

2002
A Need of Realism. Solitude in Ujazdowski, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

 

Awards


2012
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