Contemporary Arts


Born 1963 in Galilee, based in the United Kingdom.

Bashir Makhoul is a Palestinian artist. He has been based in the United Kingdom for more than 20 years, during which time his practice has become steadily more influential. He has worked in a range of media to explore the aesthetics of modernism and post-modernism, as well as offering nuanced political critiques of what it means to be - or become - Palestinian. From his sumptuous early paintings through his photographic and video practice, up to his most recent development of lenticular micro-lens printing technique, Makhoul has explored the intertextuality of form and content, art and politics. Typically, his work is based on repeated motifs which can be characterised by their power of aesthetic seduction. Once viewers have been drawn into the work however, they find themselves engaged with something far more complicated than beautiful patterns. Economics, nationalism, war and torture are frequently woven into the work. 《Enter Ghost, Exit Ghost》, his installation for Aichi Triennale 2013, is both a large-scale maze and a large cardboard model of an Arab town or refugee camp. Makhoul's work has been exhibited widely in Britain and internationally, he has received several prestigious awards, and is a published author. He is currently the Head of Winchester School of Art, part of the University of Southampton.

  《Enter Ghost, Exit Ghost》2012
courtesy of the artist
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