Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center
Palestine · Visual Arts
Palestinian visual artist and architect Yazan Khalili has been awarded the 2019 Afield fellowship for Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center (KSCC). His artistic and cultural practice frames landscapes, institutions, and social and technological phenomena as politicized entities. He is interested in structures, institutional as well as other, and how those structures are built, and how they perform.
Yazan has worked in different positions in many cultural institutions in Palestine and elsewhere. Since 2015, he is the team leader at Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center (KSCC), where he has been working on challenging and changing the role of the cultural institutions, working from within the institutional structure to form an affirmative critique that turns it to become a progressive infrastructure for cultural producers.
The KSCC is a non-profit organization, established in Ramallah in 1996, dedicated to the promotion of arts and culture in Palestine. Yazan has been working on developing ways to reduce the dependency on funding and finding other resources to support the center’s existence and programs. For instance, most of the initiatives are not based on any budgets as they aim to make use of the available resources.
Yazan Khalili (Syria, 1981) is a visual artist and architect who works in and out of Palestine. He is spokesman for The Question of Funding, a collective of artists invited to Documenta 15.
His work explores the effect of geographical distance on the interpretation of territory, its ability to amplify or arrest the political and sentimental attachments, frames landscapes, institutions, as well as social and technological phenomena as politicized entities.
He holds a degree in Architecture from Birzeit University (2003), a master’s from the Center for Research Architecture at Goldsmith’s College (2010) and a MFA from Sandberg Institute. Khalili completed residencies at Delfina Foundation (2008) and National Film School of Denmark (2006).