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Ahlam Shibli

The notion of home
30 July–11 August 2018

Photo work, Ahlam Shibli, 2017
Untitled (Heimat no. 27), Nordhessen, Germany, 2016–17, chromogenic print,
66.7 × 100 cm. Rathaus Kassel, 03.03.2017, courtesy of the artist, copyright: Ahlam Shibli


Hohensalzburg Fortress

English, Arabic if needed

What to bring
Camera (if possible digital camera, in order to see the result during the workshop), laptop or tablet, material from your own archives, pocket notebook and pen.

Motivation and commitment.

Maximum number of participants

Franziska Schrödinger

Participation fee
€ 700,– (€ 540,–)

In this course, participants will deal with the notion of HOME and will develop a photographic project focusing on this topic. All steps, from a general discussion of what is home (how can we find it, define it, lose it, describe it), through fine-tuning of specific individual projects, to the presentation in the final exhibition, will be part of the course.

The participants will choose specific subjects and discuss them in small groups. Before going into town to photograph they will write scripts reflecting subject, methods and goals. After the photographs have been taken, the process will continue with reviewing and editing the photographs, writing captions, artist’s statements and finally presenting the works on the last day of the course.

The aim of the course is to enable the participants to develop and structure a photographic project from the very beginning – from defining a specific subject, through taking and editing photographs, to the final step: the presentation.
Ahlam Shibli was born in Palestine in 1970. Through a documentary aesthetic, her photographic work addresses the contradictory implications of the notion of home. It deals with the loss of home and the fight against that loss, but also with restrictions and limitations that the idea of home imposes on individuals and communities marked by repressive identity politics.

Solo exhibitions
2017 Staring (web commission), Remai Modern, Saskatoon (CA). 2013 Phantom Home, MACBA, Barcelona (ES), Jeu de Paume, Paris; Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto (PT). 2010 Ahlam Shibli: Trauma, Château de Sédières, Clergoux (FR). Ahlam Shibli: Why did you leave the forest empty!, Darat al Funun, Amman. 2009 Ahlam Shibli: Wydomowienie, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw.

Group exhibitions
2017 documenta14, Athens & Kassel (DE). Field Guide, Remai Modern, Saskatoon (CA). The Photographic I, S.M.A.K. Ghent (BE). 2015 la terre nous est etroite, regards croisés sur la palestine, Le 19 CRAC, Montbéliard (FR). Formes biographiques, Carré d’Art, Nîmes (FR). Uncovering History, Camera Austria, Graz (AT). 2014 Progress and Hygiene, Zachęta, Warsaw. We are Living on a Star, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden (NO).

Ulrich Loock (ed.): Ahlam Shibli: Dependence, Ediciones Originales, Barcelona 2013.
Ahlam Shibli: Phantom Home, exh. cat., Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Jeu de Paume, Paris, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2013.
Ahlam Shibli: Go there, Eat the mountain, Write the past, exh. cat., Darat al Funun – The Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman 2011.
Ahlam Shibli: Trauma, exh. cat., Peuple et Culture Corrèze, Tulle 2010.
Adam Szymczyk (ed.): Ahlam Shibli: Trackers, exh. cat., Kunsthalle Basel, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2007.

Portrait photo Ahlam Shibli
Portrait photo: Susan Must