With photographs, videos, installations, films, and performative interventions focused on his native Palestine, multidisciplinary artist Khaled Jarrar explores the sociocultural impact of modern-day power struggles on ordinary citizens. The everyday subjects of Jarrar’s reflective work are contextualised in ways that draw attention to the severity of the issues he examines, giving the political content of his art greater significance while underscoring the autobiographical nature of his chosen themes.

 

Over the past decade, Jarrar’s bold projects have earned him international recognition. In 2007, the artist displayed photographs of the Howarra & Qalandia checkpoint in plain sight of Israeli soldiers surveilling the border. Since 2011, his Live and Work in Palestine project has consisted of designing and distributing self-styled Palestinian passport stamps to tourists arriving in the country in order to comment on the experiences of stateless people.

 

Other performance projects have been presented abroad such as on the streets of Helsinki, Finland in 2014. The temporary Hunger Wall Jarrar assembled out of loaves of bread symbolised the thin line between prosperity and poverty. With Dis-/Obey, he involved dozens of volunteers in a military march that ultimately placed them in contrast to Jarrar’s voiced orders and an installation of camouflage uniforms. Commissioned by Checkpoint Helsinki as part of the Helsinki Festival, Dis-/Obey investigated military power, disobedience, and individual responsibility in conflict zones.

 

Jarrar’s Upcycle the Wall series draws attention to the debilitating Israeli occupation of Palestine for viewers with sculptures made of reconstituted concrete from the apartheid wall that illegally annexes and cuts through parts of the West Bank. These works were highlighted in a critically acclaimed exhibition at Ayyam Gallery London in 2013 that included the installation of a massive concrete partition and related photographs.

 

Born in Jenin in 1976, Khaled Jarrar lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine. Jarrar completed his education in Interior Design at the Palestine Polytechnic University in 1996 and later graduated from the International Academy of Art Palestine with a Bachelor in Visual Arts degree in 2011. The following year, his documentary The Infiltrators (2012) won several accolades at the 9th Annual Dubai International Film Festival, and confirmed his importance in global cinema.

 

Jarrar’s solo exhibitions include Art Bartsch & Cie, Geneva (2015); Galerie Polaris, Paris (2014, 2012); Gallery One, Ramallah (2014); Ayyam Gallery London (2013); Galerie Guy Bartschi, Geneva (2013); and the NEWTOPIA: The State of Human Rights Contemporary Arts in Mechelen and Brussels (2012). The artist’s recent group exhibitions were held at venues such as 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 (2013); 15th Jakarta Biennale (2013); 7th Berlin Biennale (2012); 52nd October Salon, Belgrade (2011); Al-Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem (2010); and London Film Festival (2010).