Exhibition by Bouchra Khalili – Sept. 3 to Oct. 27, 2013 [fr]

Bouchra Kahlili, Speeches: Malcolm X, 2012, 6’30. Video still from "Speeches - Chapter 1", video installation, 5 single channels. 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Polaris

As part of our Paris-Toronto series, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery presents French-Moroccan artist Bouchra Khalili’s first solo show in Canada from September 3 to October 27. « Bouchra Khalili: ‘The Opposite of the Voice-Over’ » includes two major video installations about the experience of migration.

The Mapping Journey Project (2008-2011)

The Mapping Journey Project, produced between 2008 and 2011, is a mixed-media installation that combines eight video works, The Mapping Journey, and eight silkscreen prints, The Constellations.

Each of the videos of The Mapping Journey Project records the voices of individuals forced into exile as they retrace their clandestine and circuitous journeys on a map of the Mediterranean region, across guarded borders, often to be shuttled back only to begin their journey again. Only the map and the hand of the narrator are visible in the video.

In Mapping Journey #6 (2010), a young man, who is ultimately trying to reach Italy, travels from Afghanistan via Pakistan to Iran. He then walks to Istanbul and continues his journey via Bulgaria, Hungary and Austria to Germany, Belgium, England and France. He finally ends up in Italy, where he wants to stay and lead a normal life.

The Mapping Journey Project challenges the normativity of cartography and aims to "map" an alternative cartography of the Mediterranean area, that is based on eight illegal journeys, that make apparent a geography of resistance.

Speeches—Chapter 1: Mother Tongue (2012)

Speeches—Chapter 1: Mother Tongue (2012) is part of a trilogy entitled the Speeches Series (2012-2013), articulating issues of language, citizenship, and working class. For the first chapter comprised of a five-channel video installation focusing on language, Khalili invited five individuals to translate and recite into their own dialects and languages fragments of speeches by Malcom X, Mohamed ben Abdelkrim El Khattabi, and Mahmoud Darwish, among others. Exiled from their home countries, the speakers anchor the speeches in their own contexts and bodies—in Paris and its suburbs—but raise the question of translation, of creolization as Édouard Glissant defines it, and of the superimposition of political contexts, and the movement between native languages as elements of political struggles.

Bouchra Khalili’s bio

Born in 1975 in Casablanca, Bouchra Khalili studied film and visual art in Paris. Based in Berlin, Bouchra Khalili has shown her work all around the world, including in major film festivals, museums, and biennials, including most recently the Encyclopedic Palace, at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). She recently received the 2014 Abraaj Group Art Prize for artists from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

Practical information

Dates: September 3 – October 27, 2013

Venue: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery – 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto ON M5S 3H3

Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 12:00 - 5:00 pm and Saturday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

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