Khalil Rabah

Khalil Rabah. Photo by Mahmoud Safadi

Khalil Rabah was born in 1961 in Jerusalem. Khalil Rabah’s practice draws on his vast involvement and background in architecture aiming to provide an alternative vision that challenges public perceptions and expectations. Using  different methodologies, Rabah reflects on, and engages with, themes of displacement, memory, and identity, examining the relationship between humans and their surroundings, as well as the nature of global human suffering. Rabah has been artistic director of Riwaq Biennale, Ramallah since 2005 and is the founder of The Palestinian Museum of Natural History and Humankid, and co-founder of Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem and ArtSchool Palestine, London. He also served on the advisory board of the Delfina Foundation, London, and the curricular committee of Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace Programme, Beirut.

Relocation, Among Other Things (2018)

The project began with the artist’s interest in the city’s markets, where objects deriving from different contexts mix together to form a new sense of community. The artist has created a market of various handmade articles, assemblages, and sculptures at the Botanical Garden. Like the flora that populates the Botanical Garden, objects and different handmade items, assemblages, and sculptures of similar objects are joined together in the display cases of Padiglione Tineo.