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29.06.2024 - 10.07.2024
Vernissage: 29. June 2024,
4-7 pm

THE ARTIST DEDICATES THIS PUBLICATION TO HIS MOTHER (1933-2017), and to the fifty-three members of his immediate family killed by Israeli bombs in November 2023. MKM gallery shows the recently published artist book by Taysir Batniji, Disruptions (2024) that is mesmerizing and painfully contemporary. In this book, designed & published by Loose Joints, Batniji collects fragmented, blurred screenshots taken between 24 April 2015 and 23 June 2017 during several WhatsApp video conversations with his mother and family in Gaza. Settled in Europe and unable to return to his homeland, this digital commons provided a crucial meeting ground for Batniji and his family. Batniji’s poor images politically visualize how communication and daily life in Gaza are compromised by conflict, control and surveillance. In their noise and visual obliqueness, Batniji creates a thread between the shared intimacy between family members and the colonial, genocidal violence imposed upon Gaza to date, while evoking the physical and emotional separation of loved ones that occurs across borders. TAYSIR BATNIJI (b.1966 in Gaza, Palestine) was trained at An-Najah National University, Nablus, prior to continuing his studies in France. His work incorporates photography, video, drawing, installation and performance. It has been shown widely in Europe and the Middle East, e.g. at the Venice Biennale; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Kunsthalle Wien, Witte de With, Rotterdam; Rencontres d’Arles; MAC VAL, Paris; and his most recent solo exhibition at the Mathaf in Doha. Previous publications by Batniji include Home Away From Home (2018), and Quelques bribes arrachées au vide qui se creuse (MAC VAL, 2022). Solo & Friends exhibitions are dedicated to one single position, accopanied by the entire current ensemble of MKM artists. Taysir Batniji Disruptions is accompanied by works of Walid Raad, Chaza Charafeddine, Benyamin Reich, Ali Kaaf, Maryam Motallebzadeh, Željka Mićanović Miljković, Ekin Su Koç, Emin Turan, Elisabeth Masé, Patricia Lambertus, Furkan Akhan, Razan Nassreddine, Alexander Polzin, Chris Newman, Raziye Kubat, Mohamad Al Roumi, Maliheh Afnan, Katharina Karrenberg, Joseph Sassoon Semah, Elza Javakhishvili, Eva Beierheimer & Miriam Laussegger, Antonia Baehr, Ana Sontag.


Taysir Batniji (2024)

128 pages, 155 × 216 mm, 60 colour plates
Courtesy Taysir Batniji and Loose Joints Publishing


With an essay in French, Arabic and English by Taous R. Dahmani
Designed & Published by Loose Joints
ISBN 978-1-912719-5 

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