Thursday, April 14

Bouchra Khalili: The Mapping Journey Project

"This exhibition presents, in its entirety, Bouchra Khalili’s The Mapping Journey Project (2008–11), a series of videos that details the stories of eight individuals who have been forced by political and economic circumstances to travel illegally and whose covert journeys have taken them throughout the Mediterranean basin. Khalili (Moroccan-French, born 1975) encountered her subjects by chance in transit hubs across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Following an initial meeting, the artist invited each person to narrate his or her journey and trace it in thick permanent marker on a geopolitical map of the region. The videos feature the subjects’ voices and their hands sketching their trajectories across the map, while their faces remain unseen. ..."
Sharjah Art Foundation
The Meaning in Mapping: Bouchra Khalili's Border-Crossing Video Art at the New Museum
NY Times: ‘The Mapping Journey,’ Bouchra Khalili’s Searing Refugee Project