Publication Details

Bouchra Khalili: Between Circles and Constellations
Exhibition Catalogue
266 pages, 173 visuals
20.3 x 26.5 cm
English and Spanish
Co-Published by MACBA and Sharjah Art Foundation


This publication accompanies the exhibition Between Circles and Constellations by artist Bouchra Khalili. Co-produced by MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and Sharjah Art Foundation. Combining commissioned texts, interviews, archival material, alongside installations views, details and research processes of the artist’s work, the book presents an interdisciplinary narrative on how her works invites the public to rethink civic engagement outside the nation-state model. It showcases various works spanning the past decade of Khalili’s career, encompassing film, video installations, photography, and documentary material, and emphasis the role of orality and the ‘unarchived’ in her artistic process in addition to documenting her co-commissioned work The Circle (2023), a video installation exploring the history of the Movement of Arab Workers in France during the 1970s.
It includes contributions from KJ Abudu, Hoor Al Qasimi, Omar Berrada, Övül Ö. Durmusoglu, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Olivia C Harrison, Yousef Rocé Kamisky and Bouchra Khalili. Together, the texts propose their own constellation of analysis on Khalili’s visual and sonic language and her storytelling techniques, which unveil a multilingual chorus of communities coming into being.

Bouchra Khalili: Between Circles and Constellations

Khalili, Bouchra

Bouchra Khalili’s videos and installations combine a conceptual approach with a documentary practice to explore issues of nomadism and clandestine existence, with the destiny of migrants being a specific focus.

Bouchra Khalili: Between Circles and Constellations

Al Qasimi, Hoor

Hoor Al Qasimi, President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation, established the Foundation in 2009 as a catalyst and advocate for the arts in Sharjah, in the region and around the world.

Bouchra Khalili: Between Circles and Constellations

Berrada, Omar

Omar Berrada is a writer, translator and critic who grew up in Casablanca and lives in Paris.

Bouchra Khalili: Between Circles and Constellations

The Circle (2023)

Reflecting on the concept of civic belonging, Bouchra Khalili examines the struggle of communities excluded from citizen memberships immigrants for equal rights and the
ways in which it continues to resonate in present times.