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Bouchra Khalili in conversation

010_09 / 7 March 2017


Bouchra Khalili in conversation with Emma Gifford-Mead

1 hour 15 mins


Moroccan-French artist Bouchra Khalili discusses notions of borders and displacement with Emma Gifford-Mead, Lisson Gallery's Head of Exhibitions.

The talk was held on the occasion of Khalili's first solo exhibition in the UK at Lisson Gallery London (27 January–18 March 2017).


Video by Laura Bushell.



Emma Gifford-Mead is Head of Exhibitions at Lisson Gallery, London, where she has worked since January 2015. Prior to that, Emma worked as a Curator at British Council from 2009–2014, curating exhibitions including Jeremy Deller's Venice Biennale exhibition English Magic at the British Pavilion, Venice, Italy (2013); Moving Pictures (2014–2016) which featured the work of John Akomfrah, Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost and Ed Atkins; and Private Utopia (2014), a group show of works from the British Council Collection which toured Japan and New Zealand. In addition to curating exhibitions, Emma oversaw the development of visual arts projects across East Asia, working in China, Japan, Korea and Myanmar, where she led on the British Council's first photography training project in the country.


About the author

Bouchra Khalili

Bouchra Khalili is a Moroccan-French artist. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, she studied Film at Sorbonne Nouvelle and Visual Arts at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Arts de Paris-Cergy, France. She currently lives and works between Berlin, Germany, Paris, France and Oslo, Norway. Working with film, video, installation, photography and prints, Khalili's practice articulates language, subjectivity, orality and geographical explorations. Each of her projects investigates strategies and discourses of resistance as elaborated, developed and narrated by individuals, often members of political minorities.


Exhibitions in 2017 include Living Labour at Wexner Centre for the Arts, OH, USA in March; The Restless Earth, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, at The Triennale, Milan in April; and CAC Seville, Spain in September. Khalili's work will also be exhibited as part of documenta 14, opening in Athens, Greece on 8 April 2017, and Kassel, Germany on 10 June 2017. Previous solo exhibitions include The Mapping Journey Project, MoMA, New York, NY, USA (2016); Foreign Office, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2015); Garden Conversation, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain (2015); and Living Labour, Perez Art Museum Miami, FL, USA (2013). Her works have featured in numerous group shows and biennials including the Marrakech Biennale, Morocco (2016); 8th Goteborg Biennale, Sweden (2015); The Encyclopedic Palace, Venice Biennale, Italy (2013); 18th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2012); and the 10th Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2011). She was awarded the Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2014.