Home Away From Home, 2018

Home Away from Home, 2019
Installation view Galerie Sfeir-Semler Hamburg

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

Taysir Batniji studied Fine Art at Al Najah University in Nablus, Palestine and at the School of Arts in Bourges, France. In recent years he has held solo exhibitions at Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles (2018); Aperture Foundation, New York (2018); Contemporary Art Space André Malraux, Colmar (2016); Espace Culturel Robert de Lamanon, Colmar (2016); Cultural Center Salon de Provence, Marseille (2013); Musee d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva (2007); and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2004).

His works were shown in the following group exhibitions: Boghossian Foundation, Brussels (2018); Mulhouse Art Center - Mulhouse (2017); Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2017); Valencia Institute of Modern Art, Valencia (2016); and Center Pompidou (2014). He participated in the Venice Biennale in 2011, 2009 and 2003. His works are part of prominent collections such as Center Georges Pompidou, Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Kunsthalle Wien, among others.


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

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


Selected Solo Exhibitions

Sand Comes Through The Window, Mina Image Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Home Away from Home, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

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

Mara’ina, King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture - Ithra, Saudi Arabia
hybrID, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany
14th Fellbach Triennial For Small Sculpture:40,000 – A Museum Of Curiosity, Stadt Fellbach, Kulturamt, Marktplat, Fellbach
Enfermement, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Saint-Denis
Lignes de vies - une exposition de légendes, MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

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