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Wednesday, April 26 • 9:40am - 10:00am
Yazan Khalili: The Anatomy Of Borders

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Yazan Khalili is an artist and former architect from Palestine who currently resides in the notoriously contentious West Bank. His most well-known works use the medium of photography, drawing, and digital manipulation to discuss the issue of the Palestinian-Israeli relationship through the various contexts of this region. Motivated by his own experiences as both an architect and a Palestinian, Yazan illustrates the ever changing landscape of the West Bank, especially as it is altered through militia enforced Israeli settlements and the use of checkpoints. Common themes of his work include the politics of geography, the social and political implications of borders, and challenging the perceptions of photography as a political tool. The following is a discussion of several bodies of work by Khalili that deal primarily with the artist’s personal relationship to the unstable physiography of Palestine. This paper will also discuss the evolution of his artistic practices while providing context of the political situation that influences it, thus making a crucial contribution to the dearth of scholarly publications on his oeuvre. As one of the few accessible Palestinian artists who works from the nucleus of the Israel-Palestine conflict, Khalili’s work is providing an aperture to look through that has remained, otherwise, unseen in the Western understanding of this crisis.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 9:40am - 10:00am
102 Owen Hall