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Taysir Batniji

Disruptions - Taysir Batniji Disruptions - Taysir Batniji

Exhibition Details

Disruptions collects a series of screenshots taken by Taysir Batniji between 2015 and 2017, during video calls with his family in Gaza. Having moved to Europe and prevented from returning for years, digital space was a fundamental meeting place for Batniji and his family, yet shaped and destabilised by the same forces that acted on his relatives' everyday lives.

Disruptions oscillates between the familiar, spontaneous language of the video call and the degradation of over-saturated compositions, rendered almost unreadable by pixels and eradicated by distance. Through low resolution and compression, Batniji's poor images make visible how communication and everyday life in Gaza are compromised by conflict, control and surveillance. In their noise and visual obliquity, Batniji creates a thread between a shared sense of intimacy and the colonial, now genocidal violence imposed in Gaza to date, while evoking the physical and emotional separation caused by borders.

About the Author

Taysir Batniji (1966, Palestine) was trained as a painter at An-Najah National University, Nablus, prior to continuing his studies in France. His work incorporates photography, video, drawing, installation and performance, often tinged with impermanence and fragility, drawing inspiration from his personal history as well as current events and history. Already involved in the Palestinian art scene since the 1990s, he has participated in numerous exhibitions, biennials and residencies in Europe and around the world since 2002, including the Venice and Berlin Biennales, Centre Pompidou and Jeu de Paume in Paris, Rencontres d'Arles, Aperture in New-York, Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, Kunsthalle in Vienna, Witte de With in Rotterdam and V&A Museum in London. Taysir received the Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2012 and became the recipient of the Immersion residency programme, supported by the Hermes Foundation in collaboration with Aperture Foundation in 2017. His works are part of the collections of prestigious institutions including the Centre Pompidou and FNAC in France, the V&A and Imperial War Museum in London, the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia and the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi.


Main Location - Spazio Bianco, DumBO

Via Camillo Casarini, 19 – Bologna
12-15 September
Thu 3pm-9pm. Fri-Sun 10am-9pm

Tickets €10 (Reduced €8)

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