Ahlam Shibli احلام شبلي

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Selected Exhibitions

Ahlam Shibli

Born in 1970, in Palestine. Lives and works in Palestine.

Through a documentary aesthetics, Ahlam Shibli's photographic work addresses the contradictory implications of the notion of home. It deals with the loss of home and the fight against that loss, but also with restrictions and limitations that the idea of home imposes on individuals and communities marked by repressive identity politics.

Shibli's work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at international institutions. It includes the following series: Staring (2016–17), a nine episodes photographed in al-Khalil/Hebron, Palestine, and Kassel and its surroundings, Germany, examined what is similar and what is different in situations apparently so far apart; Heimat (2016–17) refered to expellees and refugees of German descent and to guest workers from the Mediterranean region, both migrated to Kassel and the surrounding area as a result of the Second World War; the foundation of the work Occupation (2016–17) was the destruction of Palestinian livelihood in al-Khalil/Hebron and the occupied territories by the Israeli colonial regime and Zionist settlers; Ramallah Archive (2014) pointed to ways of reorganizing collective and individual existence that can be encountered in the files and negatives at the Ramallah Municipality Archive and the contemporary city; Death (2011–2012) showed the efforts of Palestinian society to preserve the presence of those who lost their lives fighting against the Israeli colonial occupation; the starting point of Trauma (2008–09) was the monuments that commemorate members of the French resistance against the Nazis together with French fighters in the colonial wars against peoples who demanded their own independence; Dom Dziecka. The house starves when you are away (2008) showed how children in Polish orphanages reconfigure their bodies to create particular communities of their own; Dependence (2007) explored the distribution of bodily strength between the old and the young; in Eastern LGBT (2004 / 2006) the bodies of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders from Oriental societies appeared as a contested primary home.

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Solo Exhibitions