The Circle, 2023

Bouchra Khalili
The Circle, 2023
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation; MACBA, Barcelona; and Luma Foundation, Zurich.
Installation view: Sharjah Biennial 15, Al Mureijah Art Spaces, Sharjah, 2023.
Image courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation.
Photo: Shanavas Jamaluddin

Talk Description

In this conversation, SB15 artist Bouchra Khalili examines modes of countering the invisibility and erasure of migrant subjectivities and other undocumented communities. With a focus on her SB15 prize-winning work The Circle (2023) as well as her film The Tempest Society (2017), which premiered at documenta 14, Khalili discusses her process of tracing fragmented and lost migrant histories along with her long-term research on Al Assifa theatre group, formed in the 1970s by members of the MTA (Mouvements de Travailleurs Arabes) in France.

Guest: Bouchra Khalili – Artist

Interviewer: Jiwon Lee – Curatorial Department Manager, Sharjah Art Foundation


This discussion will be held at 5:30 pm Gulf Standard Time (GST).
This discussion will take place via Zoom and will be held in English.

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