Biography

Research forms a major part of the practice of artist Ala Younis, who also works on curating and collaborative film and book projects.

Younis’ work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain (2018); Art Jameel Project Space, Dubai (2018); Delfina Foundation, London (2010, 2018); MMAG Foundation, Amman (2017) and Darat al Funun, Amman (2009). Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions at CCS Bard Galleries, New York (2017); Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2017); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016); 56th Venice Biennale (2015); New Museum, New York (2014); Gwangju Biennial (2012); Istanbul Biennial (2011); Home Works 5, Beirut (2010) and Photo Cairo 4 (2008).

Younis curated the first Kuwaiti Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013) and Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence, presented in various venues in Algeria, Kuwait and Ramallah, as well as a number of other exhibitions and programmes in Egypt, France, Jordan and the UAE. She serves on the advisory board of the Berlinale’s Forum Expanded and co-founded Kayfa ta, a non-profit publishing initiative that has brought out seven ‘how to’ books since its establishment in 2012. She co-edited The Time is Out of Joint, Sharjah Art Foundation (2016).

Younis holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Jordan (1997) and a Masters of Research from Goldsmiths, University of London (2016).

Born in 1974 in Kuwait City, she currently lives in Amman.

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