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 (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), Pianofabriek, Brussels (2014) and /s:in/ Festival for Video Art and Performance III, Ramallah (2012); 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 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).
She has also participated in many Sharjah Art Foundation programmes, taking on the role of interlocutor and organiser for the Sharjah Biennial 13 off-site programme Shifting Ground, Ramallah (2017) and serving as a mentor for March Project 2017. She also co-edited Provisions I & II (with Bidoun Magazine) for Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009).
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 the Division of Philosophy, Art and Cultural Theory, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Khaldi was director of Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah (2012–2013).
She was born in Jerusalem, where she continues to live and work.
This person was part of Sharjah Biennials 9 and 13 and March Project 2017.