Kristine KhouriChercheuse invitée (Novembre 2016)


Kristine Khouri is a researcher, writer, and photographer based in Beirut, Lebanon. Khouri graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago in 2007 and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in Jordan (2007-8) where she did research on identity production in art institutions. She has worked closely with numerous internationally renowned artists on projects and commissions, including Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige on the Lebanese Rocket Society Project which culminated in commissioned artwork exhibited at the Sharjah Biennial (2011), Beirut Exhibition Center (2011), and a feature length film, The Lebanese Rocket Society that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012. She has also worked with Lebanese artists Akram Zaatari on his project Time Capsule commissioned for Documenta 11 (2013), and has been working with Walid Raad on his ongoing project, Scratching on Things You Could Disavow: The History of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Arab World also exhibited at Documenta 11, the Whitechapel Gallery, and MoMA (NYC).

 Khouri has also collaborated with various regional arts institutions as writer and researcher, such The Young Arab Theater Fund's Meeting Points Festival, the Sharjah Art Foundation's March Meeting as well as Ashkal Alwan (in Beirut).  She has contributed to the exhibition catalogue The Road to Peace (Beirut, 2009), as well as several publications including Bidoun, The National (Abu Dhabi), Art Asia Pacific Almanac and most recently for Art Dubai's Global Art Forum 6: The Medium of Media's publication TL; DR, Some Medium Stories. She most recently was a section editor on for the publication accompanying the exhibition Time is Out of Joint, at the Sharjah Art Foundation, 2016.

 Khouri has completed research residencies at Makan (Amman, 2011), Delfina Foundation (London, 2012) and a research/curatorial residency with ArteEast at the Sultan Gallery (Kuwait, 2012) where she pursued a research project on Arab art in the 1970s and the Sultan Gallery (1969-1990). The outcome of the residency was an exhibition at the Sultan Gallery titled The Founding Years (1969-1973): A Selection of Works from the Sultan Gallery Archives. She was also one of the lead organizers of the Digitizing Archives workshop in Kuwait as part of Art Dubai's Global Art Forum (2015), and has served on Art Dubai's "Art Dubai Modern" Selection committee since its inception year in 2014.

 She is co-founder, with Rasha Salti, of The History of Arab Modernities in the Visual Arts Study Group, a long term regional project whose main mission is to investigate the history of production, exhibition, critical engagement and consumption of modern art in the region that remains undocumented from the period of 1940s-1980s in the Middle East. Together they curated Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts from the International Art Exhibition for Palestine, 1978 at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) from February 20 - June 1 2015, accompanied by a symposium titled Palestine at/without the Museum: Loss, Metaphor and Emancipation, that invited intellectual and cultural historians Elias Sanbar (Palestine/France), Fadi Bardawil (Lebanon/USA), curator Catherine David (France) and artist Alfredo Jaar (Chile/USA) to reflect on the key questions raised by the exhibition. Khouri and Salti were participants in Sharjah Biennial 12 (2015) where they curated a day of talks, entitled Metaphors Form a Geography from a Shadow, around Past Disquiet during the March Meeting (May 2015), with speakers Rasha Salti, Kristine Khouri, May Shigenobu, and WJT Mitchell. The lastest version of Past Disquiet is taking place at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) from March 19-May 9, 2016.


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