Bouchra Khalili
from 05 June 2018
until 23 September 2018
Concorde, Paris

The Jeu de Paume is pleased to present an important exhibition devoted to the French-Moroccan artist Bouchra Khalili (b. Casablanca, 1975). The artist’s videos, photographs and serigraphs are built on and around language, orality, subjectivity and geographic explorations. Each of her projects is designed as a platform, investigating strategies of resistance, elaborated and narrated by members of minority groups, on the margins of society.

Through her artwork, Bouchra Khalili confronts subjectivity and collective history in order to question the complex relationships between colonial and postcolonial history, contemporary migration—their geographies and narratives— and the resulting imaginary world. Her solo exhibition at the Jeu de Paume brings together, for the first time in France, a large selection of her work from the past ten years.

The exhibition features The Seaman (2012), a video filmed in the port of Hamburg; The Mapping Journey Project (2008-2011), a map of eight clandestine journeys across the Mediterranean; as well as the series of Speeches (2012-2013): a trilogy of videos —Mother Tongue, Words on Streets and Living Labour—, which focus respectively on the mother tongue spoken in Paris and its suburbs, citizenshipin Genoa, and immigrant workers in New York.
The photographic series Wet Feet, executed in Miami in 2012, which examines the traces left by migrants who were successful in getting into America via Florida, and The Tempest Society, presented at Documenta 2017, add to the wealth of this monographic exhibition, which also includes a new work by the artist, produced especially for the Jeu de Paume.



Curators: Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, Marta Gili, Jeanette Pacher.

Co-produced by the Jeu de Paume, Paris / CAAC – Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville / Secession, Vienna.