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Practice Through Crisis with Taysir Batniji

Monday 28 June 15:00 (GMT +0)

Curating Contemporary Art (MA)

Taysir Batniji on methods to investigate infrastructures of power and oppression

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Location: Online

Taysir Batniji’s practice investigates infrastructures of power and oppression with poetic responses that blur the lines between art and reality. We will discuss how Taysir uses these critical methods to create an engaged and urgent artistic practice. What do these investigations reveal about systems that often go unexamined and how can their impact move from the art-world to the so-called real world.

Join us for a conversation with artist Taysir Batniji and the curators of Fulfilment Services Ltd: Andréanne Béguin, Zidong Chen, Sarah Daher, Zifei Ge, Hayley Gibson, Jiawei Gu and Brenna Horrox. Following the talk, we will invite audience members to submit questions via the Zoom webinar Q&A feature. Length of the session will be approximately 1 hour.

Taysir Batniji

Taysir Batniji’s artwork, often tinged with impermanence and fragility, draws its inspiration from his subjective story, but also from current events and history. His methods of approach always distance, divert, stretch, conceptualize or simply play with the initial subject, offering, at the end, poetic, sometimes acrid, point of view on reality.

Born in Gaza in 1966, Taysir Batniji studied art at Al-Najah University in Nablus, Palestine. In 1994, he was awarded a fellowship to study at the School of Fine Arts of Bourges in France. Since then, he has been dividing his time between France and Palestine. During this period spent between two countries and two cultures, Batniji has developed a multi-media practice, including drawing, installation, photography, video and performance. Already involved in the palestinian art scene since the nineties, he multiplied his participation, since 2002, in a number of exhibitions, biennials and residencies in Europe and across the world.