Taysir Batniji

"The title of GH0809 is an abbreviation of ‘Gaza Houses 2008-2009’; its letters and numbers resembling an illusory real estate company. The project was conceived after the army of the Israeli occupation launched a war on Gaza in 2008-09. This war claimed the lives of many Palestinian civilians, most of them children, caused by the widespread destruction of houses and facilities.

What concerns me here is the treatment of the topic, as is always the case in my works that take on the situation in Palestine. I use a visual frame derived from daily life by evoking commercial advertising, but with altered content. In this contradiction between form and content is an invitation to contemplate a reality far from the familiar, and beyond the scope of a journalistic report.

My works are perhaps less concerned with a specific topic or situation, and moreover an inquiry into representation itself, testing new forms and techniques, or re-appropriating existing forms, in an attempt to challenge familiarity, whether the image in question is journalistic, documentary or ‘artistic’."

1966 born in Gaza, Palestina and lives between his hometown and Paris, France. 

Taysir Batniji studied art at Al-Najah University in Nablus, Palestine. In 1994, he was awarded a fellowship to study at the School of Fine Arts of Bourges in France. Since then, he has been dividing his time between France and Palestine. During this period spent between two countries and two cultures, Taysir has developed a multi-media practice, including drawing, installation, photography, video and performance.

Taysir's artwork, often tinged with impermanence and fragility, draws its inspiration from his subjective story, but also from current events and history. His methods of approach always distance, divert, stretch, conceptualize or simply play with the initial subject, offering, at the end, poetic, sometimes acrid, point of view on reality.

Taysir has been involved in the Palestinian art scene since the nineties, and has participated in numerous exhibitions, biennials and residencies in Europe and across the world.

Taysir was awarded the Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2012 and became the recipient of the Immersion residency program, supported by Hermes Foundation, in alliance with Aperture Foundation in 2017. His works can be found in the collections of many prestigious institutions of which the Centre Pompidou and the FNAC in France, the V&A and The Imperial War Museum in London, the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia and Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi.

Taysir's work is represented by Sfeir-Semler Gallery (Hamburg/Beirut) and Eric Dupont Gallery (Paris).


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