Memory is Evergreeen, 2014, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut

Memory is Evergreen, 2014, Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut
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Born 1966 in Gaza, Palestine. Lives and works between Paris and Palestine.


The Gazan born artist, Taysir Batniji, has become one of Palestine’s leading conceptual artists. Batniji first left Gaza at 25 years old, and has travelled 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.


Batniji received his BFA from Al Najah University. He went on to study in Italy and France. He participated in the Venice Biennale (2003, 2009 & 2011), the Istanbul Biennial (2012), along with solo exhibitions at 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). He has been included in group shows at the Fotohof (Salzburg, 2013), Villa Medici (Rome, 2012) CCA Wattis (San Francisco, 2012), Kunstwerke (Berlin, 2011), Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris, 2009), and many others. His work was acquired by the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, FNAC, France, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Fondation Louis Vuitton, among others.


 1966
born in Gaza, Palestine  

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

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

 

lives and works in France and Palestine


 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

 2016
DIPLOPIE, Espace d'Art Contemporain André Malraux, Colmar

Rêver d’un autre monde, CHRD, Lyon

 2014
Memory is Evergreen, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut

 2013
Taysir Batniji. L’Homme ne vit pas seulement de pain, Espace Culturel Robert de Lamanon, Marseille

 2012
Troubles, gallery BF15, Lyon

 2011
Le monde n'est pas arrivé, Gallery Eric Dupont, Paris

 2010
Mobil-home, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg

 2009
Syndicat Potentiel, Strasbourg, France
Pères, CCF d’Alger, Alger, Algeria
Exhibition Anatole France de Montataire and space Henri Matisse de Creil
Péres, Kasr el Basha and Centre Culturel Français, Gaza, PLE & CCF of Amman

 2007
Pères, Galerie Talmart, Paris
Pères, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Genève
Bruit de fond, La Compagnie, Marseille

 2006
Péres, Kasr el Basha and Centre Culturel Français, Gaza, PLE & CCF of Amman, Jordan

 2004
Transit, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

 2002
Voyage Impossible, Galerie K&S, Berlin
Gaza, journal intime, Belgrade, Serbia 

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

 1997
Galerie Le Faisant, Strasbourg

 1996
Centre Culturel Français, Gaza

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2017
Titos Bunker, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
A World Not Ours, La Kunsthalle - Centre d'Art Contemporain Mulhouse
Art Festival Watou #8, Schore, Belgium

 2016
Unrest, Jeu De Paume, Paris
Between Myth and Fright. The Mediterranean as conflict, Institut Valencia d'art Modern, Valencia
Réve d'un autre monde, CHRD, Lyon
Schwindel der Wirklichkeit, Akademie der Künste Berlin

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

 2014
Une histoire, art, architecture et design des années 80 à aujourd'hui, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
BML MTL, Biennial of Montréal
Wish You Where Here, National Museum, Manama, Bahrain
Les Horizons, Centre d’art La Criée, Rennes
Keep your eye on the wall, CAP, Kuwait
Customs Mode: Quotidien Practices and Everyday Rituals, Maraya art centre, Sharjah
Thanks for Writing, 601artspace, New York
NOW BABYLON, Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art, Denmark
Anna Boghiguian - Taysir Batniji, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut

 2013
The sea is my land. Artists from the Mediterranean, MAXXI, Rome
Summa Art Fair, Madrid
Here, Elsewhere / Ici, ailleurs, Marseille

 2012
Light from the Middle East, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Forays. Systems of Self Interest. Mechanism of Looting, Fotohof Salzburg
Systems and Patterns, International of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes,CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Belgium
State of Transit, Open Systems, Zentrum für Kunstprojekte, Wien
RAY: MAKING HISTORY, MMK Frankfurt, Kunstverein Frankfurt

 2011
Seeing is believing, KW Berlin
12. Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
“The Future of a Promise”, 54th Venice Biennial, Venice

 2010
Biennale Cuvée, OK Centre for Contemporary Art, Linz  

 2009
Taswir, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
Jerusalem Show, Al Mamal Art Aenter, Jerusalem
Palestine, La création dans tous ces états, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
Palestine c/o Venice, 53 Venice Biennale, La Giudecca, Venice 

 2008
No Man's Land, Gemak art centre, The Hague
Nos réalités, Le Quartier art centre, Quimper
Palestine, la vie tout simplement, Pont des Arts, Paris
Art Paris at Grand Palais, Paris
Water: Misery and Delight, Ifa Gallery, Stuttgart
Sécurité Minimum, La Bank gallery, Paris 

 2007
2e Riwaq Biennale, Ramallah
Heterotopias, First Thessaloniki Biennale, Thessaloniki
No holidays in Gaza at CIC, Cairo
Still Life - Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change*, Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah 

 2006
Palestine, Land, Exile, Creation, Cuenca
Wanderland (Israel ­ Palestine), Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Museum Haus Lange
Coding: Decoding, Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen
New Territories, Stadshallen, Brügge
Middle East News, Hebbel Theater, Berlin 

 2005
KunstFilmBiennale, Kunst Station Sankt Peter, Köln
18émes Instants Vidéo Nomandes, Rencontres Internationales de la création vidéo et de la poésie électronique, Région PACA 

 2004
L’universel? Dialogue avec Senghor, Lille
17.Instants vidéo Nomades, Rencontres Internationales de la création vidéo et de la poésie électronique, Aix-en-Provence 

 2003
Dreams and Conflicts. Utopia Station, 50. Biennale di Venezia, Venezia  

 2002
A Need of Realism. Solitude in Ujazdowski, Center for Contemorary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warszaw
Rencontres International de la Photographie, Arles
C’est pas du cinéma, Studio national Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing  

 2000

Village des Arts et de l’Artisanat, Gaza
Salon Itinéraire 2000, Levallois
3 artistes, Maison du Théâtre et de la Danse, Paris
Entre Temps, Université Paris 13, Paris


 1999
Biennale d’Alexandrie, Alexandrie
Palestine in Progress, Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt, Paris  

 1998
Palestinian Art, Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm

 1998
… à quel titre? ENSBA, Bourges
Palestinian Art, Royal Academy of Art, Stockholm  

 1995

Parmi les artistes en Palestine, Cisjordanie


 1992

Nissan, Gaza, Palestine
Premier Festival d’Art de Jérusalem, Jérusalem


 

Works in public collections:

 

 
Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris; Neuflize Fondation, Paris; Villa Bernasconi, Lancy, F.N.A.C (Fond Nationale d’Art Contemporain), Paris; Musée de l’Immigration, Paris; “Ursula Blikle Videoarchiv”, Kunsthalle Wien, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, AU and Ursula Blikle Foundation, Kraichtal; médiathèque du Fresnoy, Centre d’art de Tourcoing; médiathèque de « Vidéochroniques », Friche de Belle de Mai, Marseille.

 

Awards

 

2012
Abraaj Capital Art Prize, joint winner