Ahlam Shibli

Born (1970) in Palestine, where she lives and works. Since 1996 she has been active in the field of photography, realizing research projects that initially focused on the living conditions of the Palestinian population under Israeli rule, e.g. Unrecognised (1999–2000), Goter (2002–03), Trackers (2005), Arab al-Sbaih (2007) and The Valley (2007–08). Other works broadened the scope of Shibli’s research about notions of home and belonging, approaching such subjects as Eastern lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people in London, Zurich, Barcelona and Tel Aviv (Eastern LGBT, 2006), immigrant care workers and their elderly employers in Barcelona (Dependence, 2007), children in orphanages in Poland (Dom Dziecka: The house starves when you are away, 2008) and French resistance in Corrèze in France and their colonial wars in Indochina and Algeria (Trauma, 2008–09). Shibli’s works have been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Istanbul Biennial (2005), Torino Triennial (2005), São Paulo Biennial (2006), Kunsthalle Basel (2006), Documenta 12, Kassel (2007), DCA, Dundee (2007), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2008), MACBA, Barcelona (2008), Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2009), Darat al Funun, Amman (2010), Château de Sédières, Clergoux (2010), Museu de Serralves, Porto (2010) and Tate Modern, London (2011). Different publications have been devoted to her work, among which Goter (Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation and Tel Aviv Museum, 2003), Lost Time (Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 2003), Trackers (Kunsthalle Basel and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2006), Trauma (Peuple et Culture Corrèze, Tulle, 2010).

 

Photographed in 2008–09 in the Corrèze region, Trauma is a reflection on the meaning of “home”. Taking as its starting point the events of the 7th–9th June 1944, in Tulle, the work is constructed around the fact that one and the same population -in certain cases even the same individuals- who resisted occupation by the Germans and suffered from their atrocities waged a few years later colonial wars in Indochina and Algeria against the people who in their turn claimed independence.

Ahlam Shibli

Photos

From the Trauma series, 2008-2009, chromogenic colour prints, 38 x 57,7 cm
From the Trauma series, 2008-2009, chromogenic colour prints, 38 x 57,7 cm
From the Trauma series, 2008-2009, chromogenic colour prints, 38 x 57,7 cm
From the Trauma series, 2008-2009, chromogenic colour prints, 38 x 57,7 cm
From the Trauma series, 2008-2009, chromogenic colour prints, 38 x 57,7 cm

Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), 2011 Biennale de Lyon