Tania El Khoury Awarded Honorable Mention at Sharjah Biennial 15Tania El Khoury, distinguished artist in residence in Theater and Performance at Bard College, and director at the OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts, received an honorable mention at Sharjah Biennial 15, for presenting two projects, The Search for Power and Cultural Exchange Rate.
El Khoury is a live artist whose work engages the audience in close encounters with narratives drawn from the political realities of border, displacement, and state violence. She creates interactive and immersive installations and performances that reflect on the production of collective memory and the cultivation of solidarity. Her work is activated by tactile, auditory and visual traces collected and curated by the artist and her collaborators, and they are ultimately transformed through audience interaction.
Her work has also been translated into multiple languages and shown in 33 countries across six continents, in spaces ranging from museums to cable cars. She is the recipient of a Soros Art Fellowship, the Bessies Outstanding Production Award, the International Live Art Prize, the Total Theatre Innovation Award, and the Arches Brick Award.
El Khoury, who holds a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London, is associated with Forest Fringe, a collective of artists in the United Kingdom, and is a cofounder of Dictaphone Group in Lebanon, a live art and urban research collective.
The Sharjah Biennial is an international platform for exhibition and experimentation for artists, which takes place in the city of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Since 1993, the Biennial has commissioned, produced and presented large-scale public installations, performances and films by artists around the world, bringing a broad range of contemporary art, cultural programmes and producers to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE and the region.
About Bard College
Founded in 1860, Bard College is a four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located 90 miles north of New York City. With the addition of the Montgomery Place estate, Bard’s campus consists of nearly 1,000 parklike acres in the Hudson River Valley. It offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, and bachelor of music degrees, with majors in nearly 40 academic programs; graduate degrees in 11 programs; eight early colleges; and numerous dual-degree programs nationally and internationally. Building on its 160-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College has expanded its mission as a private institution acting in the public interest across the country and around the world to meet broader student needs and increase access to liberal arts education. The undergraduate program at our main campus in upstate New York has a reputation for scholarly excellence, a focus on the arts, and civic engagement. Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders. For more information about Bard College, visit bard.edu.
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