Tarek Al-Ghoussein, ‘SS 9920’, 2015, The Third Line

About Tarek Al-Ghoussein

In performative photographs and evocative images of landscapes, Tarek Al-Ghoussein explores personal, as well as more widespread, associations with the Middle East. A Palestinian raised in Kuwait and the United States, Al-Ghoussein initially worked as a documentary photographer and photojournalist. His images position distinctively Middle Eastern sites, such as Kuwaiti construction projects or Arabian deserts, against the charged symbols of his heritage, such as walls or the keffiyeh. In his recent “D Series,” Al-Ghoussein photographs himself dwarfed amidst desert expanses, or against fabric walls demarcating new buildings. The wall functions, in his work, as a reference to the Israeli-Palestine conflict and a metaphor for displacement and barriers to cultural heritage.

Palestinian, b. 1962, Kuwait

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
K - Files and Swaber Series, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, United States
2016
Windows on Work, Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Cologne, Germany
2014
K - Files, The Third Line, Dubai - United Arab Emirates
2014
K - Files, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, United States
2013
National Pavilion of Kuwait, (with Sami Mohammed), 55th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

Solo Shows on Artsy

2017
K - Files and Swaber Series, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, United States
2016
Windows on Work, Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Cologne, Germany
2014
K - Files, The Third Line, Dubai - United Arab Emirates
2014
K - Files, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, United States
2013
National Pavilion of Kuwait, (with Sami Mohammed), 55th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
2011
E Series, Khalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece
2010
A Retrospective: Works from 2003 - 2010, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah - United Arab Emirates
2009
Tarek Al - Ghoussein Selected Works, Kalfayan Galleries, Athens, Greece
2009
Across the Borders, Self Portraits, Damascus, Syria
2009
Disorientation II, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
2009
D Series, The Third Line, Dubai - United Arab Emirates
2009
A, B, C & D Series, Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Cologne, Germany
2009
In Absentia (Selected Works), Al - Mamal Foundation, Jerusalem, Israel
2008
Self Portrait, A, B, and C Series, Sharjah College of Fine Arts, Sharjah - United Arab Emirates
2007
Self Portrait, A, B, and C Series, Sharjah College of Fine Arts, Sharjah - United Arab Emirates
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