Biography

Independent curator Lara Khaldi works with fiction as a genre and way to transcend time and space. In doing so, she explores colonial issues, the dystopian present and the impossibilities inherent in language and communication. Recently she has been focusing on forms of adaptation and reproductions of theatrical plays and historical exhibitions and ways to develop them into contemporary artistic projects and exhibitions.

Khaldi has curated exhibitions in Palestine and internationally, including ékleipsis, A M Qattan Foundation, Ramallah (March 2017); Jumana Emil Abboud solo exhibition O Whale, Don’t Swallow Our Moon, Qalandiya International 3, Ramallah (2016); Art Dubai Projects and residencies, Art Dubai, UAE (2015); Father, Can’t You See I’m Burning? (with curatorial fellows), de Appel Arts Centre and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2014); The Lonely Crowd (with Reem Shilleh), /s:in/ Festival for Video Art and Performance III, Ramallah (2012) and Pianofabriek, Brussels (2014); and Gestures in Time (with Katya Garcia Anton), Jerusalem show 5 and 5th Riwaq Biennial (2012). She has also co-organised seminars and conferences, such as the symposium Artist, Object, Institution, Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival, American University in Cairo (2016) and Benjamin in Palestine, International Academy of Art, Palestine and Birzeit University (2015).

Since 2009, she has been collaborating with Yazan Khalili on lecture performances and other works. Khaldi’s collaborative work includes Love Letter to Mars, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016), Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo (2014) and Medrar, Cairo (2013); Love Letters to a Union: The Falling Comrades, Forum Expanded, Berlin (2015); Love Letters to a Union, Home Works 6, Beirut (2013) and All the Other Lovers, NeMe symposium Through the Roadblocks, Limassol, Cyprus (2012).

Khaldi currently teaches art history and theory at the International Academy of Art, Palestine in Ramallah and has taught at Dar Al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem. She is a recent alumna of the de Appel curatorial programme, Amsterdam, and Division of Philosophy, Art and Cultural Theory, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Khaldi was director of Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (2012-2013).