Taysir Batniji

  • Taysir Batniji
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No Condition is Permanent, 2022, Installation view Mathaf, DohaMathaf Doha, 2022

Taysir Batniji (b.1966, Gaza, Palestine) lives and works between Paris and Palestine. He 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); Musée 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, Vienna, among others.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023 Quadrillages et bifurcations, Pavillon Carré de Baudouin, Paris, France
2022 Home Away from Home, Bleu du Ciel, Lyon, France
No Condition is Permanent, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
2021 Taysir Batniji: Quelques bribes arrachées au vide qui se creuse, MAC VAL - Musée d'Art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, France
2020 Artist's Rooms: Taysir Batniji, Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, UAE
2019 Sand Comes Through The Window, Mina Image Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Home Away from Home, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
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

2023 About Sharing. Art on the (German-Polish) Border, The National Museum Poznan, Poland
Ce que la Palestine apporte au monde, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
2022 Grasping at Straws, The 5th Floor, Taitō City, Japan
Les Sentinelles | Œuvres de la collection du Cnap, Tourcoing, France
Jaou photo 2022, Tunis, Tunisia
Taysir Batniji, Kunsthalle Trier, Germany
12th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, Germany
2020 Global(e) Resistance, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
2019 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, Fellbach, Germany
Enfermement, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Saint-Denis, France
Lignes de vies - une exposition de légendes, MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
2019 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, Fellbach, Germany
Enfermement, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Saint-Denis, France
Lignes de vies - une exposition de légendes, MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
2018 Living in the Mediterranean, Institut Valencià d’art Modern, Valencia, Spain
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, United Kingdom
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, Venice, Italy
2002 A Need of Realism. Solitude in Ujazdowski, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland


2012 Abraaj Capital Art Prize, Joint Winner

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


1997 DNSEP, Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Bourges, Bourges, France
1992 BA, Plastic Arts, Al-Najah University, Nablus, Palestine