World in My Eyes – Yazan Khalili

Date and time
24 October 2023 at 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Type of event
Place and route

Mötesplats Mariatorget – Stockholms Stadsmission
Mariatorget 10

Photo credit: Neil Khalili

Yazan Khalili (b. 1981) is an architect, visual artist, and cultural producer who works in and out of Palestine and is currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he is a PhD candidate at Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA) at the University of Amsterdam.

Khalili will speak about his image-based artistic work, which is focused on the complex intimacy of the technological gaze. Using photography and the written word, Khalili unpacks historically constructed landscapes. In his work, the image allows the spectator to embody the progression of time and narrative. Khalili will address the effect of geographical distance on perception, the way territory is rendered, and the image's ability to heighten or arrest our political and sentimental attachments.

Khalili's works have been exhibited in several major exhibitions, including among others: Documenta fifteen 2022, KW, Berlin 2020, MoCA Toronto 2020, New Photography, MoMA 2018, Jerusalem Lives, Palestinian Museum, 2017, Post-Peace, Kunstverein Stuttgart 2017, Shanghai Biennial 2016, Sharjah Biennial 2013. He is the co-founder of Radio Alhara in 2020. Khalili holds a degree in architecture from Birzeit University (2003), an MA from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmith's College (2010), and an MFA from the Sandberg Institute at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (2015). He was one of the founding members of Zan Design Studio (2005-2010) and in 2020 he co-founded Radio Alhara. He served as co-chair of the photography program at the MFA at Bard College between 2020 and 2022, during which period he was also in residence at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.



All the islands in the ocean
All the heavens in the motion
Let me show you the world in my eyes

- Depeche Mode (1990)

In its inaugural season, World in My Eyes: An Artist Lecture Series presents Emeka Ogboh, Yazan Khalili, Nairy Baghramian, and in 2024 Pope.L. Each artist contributes to both the discursive and formal hybridity of contemporary art at a moment of acute geopolitical volatility and increasing polarization.

Launched in 2023, World in My Eyes is a series of artist talks in Stockholm presented through a collaboration between Konstfack, Moderna Museet, and the Royal Institute of Art, and hosted in 2023-2024 by Mötesplats Mariatorget. Its title drawn from the eponymous 1990s electronic music hit by English band Depeche Mode, the series aims to present artistic perspectives from a wide range of media that are changing the relationship between material processes and socio-political imagination.



Konstfack, External organizer