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Taysir Batniji: Hannoun, 1972-2009; performance / installation, crayon chippings; colour photograph / inkjet print on paper, 150 x 100 cm; designed and realised at the ‘Palestine c/o Venice’ exhibition at the 53th Venice Biennial, 2009; © courtesy of
Taysir Batniji: Hannoun, 1972-2009; performance / installation, crayon chippings; colour photograph / inkjet print on paper, 150 x 100 cm; designed and realised at the ‘Palestine c/o Venice’ exhibition at the 53th Venice Biennial, 2009; © courtesy of the artist and the Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut, © (Taysir Batniji) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

Taysir Batniji (*1966, Gaza) lives and works in Paris and Palestine and had to leave Palestine in the mid-1990s. His life has been influenced in many ways by the theme of movement – in a physical and geographical sense and in the sense of a dynamic of ideas. His works comprise video, performance, photography and installations, and they specifically explore the concept of the “non-place”. This is where the life of the artist is located – in an "in-between" two countries, two cultures and two realities. The installation “Hannoun” (English: poppy) is the result of a long and intensive performance, in which the repeated gesture of sharpening a pencil leads to the shaping of a multi-layered landscape. The political and symbolic dimension is brought onto the autobiographical level, in terms of the artist’s experience of repeatedly sharpening a pencil so as to avoid an irksome piece of school work. The work is thus a space for memories and also a place where viewers and the artist can meet.

2016
Diplopi, André Malroux Contemporary Art Space, Colmar
Rêver d’un autre monde, CHRD, Lyon

2015
The 5th Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art
Chercher le garçon, Mac Val Museum, Vitry-sur-Seine

2014
L’avenir (Looking Forward), Biennale de Montréal
Memory is Evergreen, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut

2013
Man does not Live on Bread Alone, Espace Robet de Lemanon, Salon de Provence
Ici, ailleurs, Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille

2012
Troubles, BF15 Art Center, Lyon
Making History, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt

2011
Le monde n’est pas arrivé, Gallery Eric Dupont, Paris
Untitled, 12th Istanbul Biennale

Amina Agueznay: Draa ala draa, variations on a Menchar motive, 2016; wool, 50 x 50 cm;  © Amina Agueznay, courtesy of the artist
Anonymous: Zemmour, Middle Atlas, about 1940, wool and cotton, 175 x 111 cm; © Rabii Alouani Bibi collection
Taysir Batniji: Hannoun, 1972-2009; performance / installation, crayon chippings; colour photograph / inkjet print on paper, 150 x 100 cm; designed and realised at the ‘Palestine c/o Venice’ exhibition at the 53th Venice Biennial, 2009; © courtesy of
Anni Albers: Black White Grey, 1927; tapestry, silk and cotton, 155 x 120 cm; Neues Museum Nuremberg; © on loan from the city of nuremberg, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, © (Anni Albers) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, photo: Neues Museum Nuremberg (A.
Saâdane Afif: La Leçon de géométrie: the motive (C3_p002) / prototype, 2015; knotted wool, 134 x 200 cm, carbon print on paper, on sandwich panel, 119 x 86 cm; © courtesy of the artist, photo: V. Tomaschko
Mosta Maftah: Feu en Océan, 1979; wool, silk threads, cotton, 85 x 160 cm © courtesy of the artist and Thinkart
Mohammed Melehi: untitled, 1936; acrylic on canvas, 153 x 127 cm; © courtesy of the artist; © (Mohammed Melehi) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Gunta Stölzl: Draft with Two-Ply Fabric, draft 1926; wool, 77 x 303 cm, limited edition; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Yto Barrada: untitled (realised in cooperation with the Darnas weaving workshop for women), 2014; hand-woven wool, 172 x 195 cm; © courtesy of the artist and the Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut
Sheila Hicks: prayer rug, 1974, wool, 221 x 121,9 x 8,3 cm; © courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
Ida Kerkovius: Landscape, about 1927; hand-woven carpet, 125 x 135; © on loan from the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie
Rudolf Lutz: tapestry, draft 1918; wool, ca. 93 x 80 cm; © courtesy of the ifa, photo: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie