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, her 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.

Heimat (2016-17) refers 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; Occupation (2016-17) the foundation of the work is the destruction of Palestinian livelihood in al-Khalil (Hebron) and the occupied territories by the Israeli colonial regime and Zionist settlers; Ramallah Archive (2014) points to ways of reorganizing collective and individual existence in files and negatives at the Ramallah Municipality Archive, and the contemporary city; Death (2011-2012) shows the efforts of Palestinian society to preserve the presence of those who lost their lives fighting against the Israeli colonial occupation; Trauma (2008–09) starting point is 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; in Eastern LGBT (2004 / 2006) the bodies of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders from Oriental societies appear as a contested primary home; Dependence (2007) explores the distribution of bodily strength between the old and the young; Dom Dziecka. The house starves when you are away (2008) shows how children in Polish orphanages reconfigure their bodies to create particular communities of their own.



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Solo Exhibitions

2013