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Emily Jacir is an artist and filmmaker who is primarily concerned with transformation, translation, resistance, and silenced historical narratives. Her work investigates personal and collective movement through public space and its implications on the physical and social experience of Trans-Mediterranean space and time. Jacir built a complex and compelling oeuvre through a diverse range of media and methodologies that include unearthing historical material, performative gestures, and in-depth research.

Her recent solo exhibitions include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016, 2017); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Darat al Funun, Amman (2014, 2015); Beirut Art Center (2010); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009). She has been actively involved in education in Palestine since 2000 and is deeply invested in creating alternative spaces for knowledge production internationally.

Jacir is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome (2015); Alpert Award, Herb Alpert Foundation, Santa Monica, US (2011); Hugo Boss Prize, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2008); Golden Lion, 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); Prince Claus Award, Prince Claus Fund, the Hague (2007).

She is a co-founder and Executive Director of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research in Bethlehem and was recently the curator the Young Artist of the Year Award 2018 at the A. M. Qattan Foundation in Ramallah, which she titled We Shall Be Monsters.

Born in 1972 in Santiago, Chile, Emily Jacir currently lives and works between Bethlehem and Rome.

SAF participation:
Genealogies in the Middle East and Latin America (2021)
Sharjah Biennial 10

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