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Resisting the Desire

Khalid Jarrar
February 1, 2019, 16:00 – 18:00

Khaled Jarrar will be presenting his work with a specific focus on his transformation from Child to Soldier and then to Artist. He will talk about the exchange of power and how he used his former training subconsciously to be able to create his art today.

“I trained to be a soldier and I became an artist. I thought of myself as a non-defeated hero and I found myself a body guard with Arafat…”

Born in the occupied West Bank in 1976, Khaled Jarrar currently lives and works in Tucson, Arizona, where he is researching the potential fallout of the proposed US-Mexico border wall. Jarrar is also working on a film and multimedia series that deals with memory, trauma, and displacement after his month-long journey with a group of migrants who traveled to Europe last year in order to draw attention to the plight of Syrian refugees.

Jarrar´s solo exhibitions include Ayyam Gallery, Dubai (2016); Art Bartsch & Cie, Geneva (2015); Galerie Polaris, Paris (2014, 2012); Gallery One, Ramallah (2014); Ayyam Gallery London (2013); and Galerie Guy Bartschi, Geneva (2013). His recent collective exhibitions were held at venues such as Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017); Diverse Works, Houston (2017); Palestine Museum, Birzeit, Palestine (2017); The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM), Marseille (2017); Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York (2017); 57th Venice Biennale, Venice (2017); Institut Du Monde Arabe, Paris (2017); La Triennale di Milano (2017); Brentwood Arts Exchange, Maryland (2017); Hinterland Gallery, Vienna (2016); Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (2016); Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (2016); Palais De La Culture, Constantine (2015); Pirineos Sur Festival (2015); Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah (2015); New Museum, New York City (2014), Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, London (2014), University of Applied Arts, Vienna (2014), USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa (2013); The Madrid Palestine Film Festival, Madrid (2013); 15th Jakarta Biennale (2013); and 7th Berlin Biennale (2012).

Jarrar was awarded the 2017 General Grants program for Cinema by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture for his film Displaced in Heaven and was a recipient of the 2016 Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Award, which recognizes international artists who are committed to the ideals of democracy and antifascism.

Supported by the A.M. Qattan Foundation through the VAFF Project.



Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research
Al Khalil Road,Bethlehem, West Bank

T: 02 274 3257

By Appointment Only


Supported by the A. M. Qattan Foundation through the “Visual Arts: A Flourishing Field” project funded by Sweden