Bashir Makhoul
Bashir Makhoul

Bashir Makhoul is a Palestinian artist born (1963) in Galilee. He has been based in the United Kingdom for the past 22 years. During this time he has produced a body of work, based on repeated motifs which can be characterised by their power of aesthetic seduction. Once drawn into the work however, viewers find themselves engaged with something far more complicated than a beautiful pattern. Economics, nationalism, war and torture are frequently woven into the layers of Makhoul’s work and often the more explicit the material, the more seductive the surface.

Makhoul completed his PhD in 1995 at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. He has exhibited his work widely in Britain and internationally, including the Hayward Gallery, London, Tate Liverpool, Harris Museum, Preston, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, the Liverpool Biennial, The Herzilya Museum, Jordan National Museum, NCA Gallery Lahore Pakistan, the Florence Biennial, Haus am Lutzowplatz Berlin, UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, Changshu Art Museum, Suzhou Art Museum, Shenzhen Art Museum in China, 798 Yang Gallery Beijing and many others. In 2013 his work will be shown at the Venice Biennial, Aichi Biennial in Japan and the Asian Triennial in Manchester UK.

He has received several prestigious awards from the Arts Council of Great Britain, the Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (A HR C), Sheffield Hallam University and North West Arts Board, amongst others. He is the co-author of several books/publications including Identity Theft, published by Chicago and Liverpool Press; Return, published by Deebi publishing; Ibrahim Noubani, Outside the Camp, published by The Israel Museum, Tel Aviv; and Return in Conflict, published by Issue art NewYork.

He was the Head of Department of Art and Design and the Director of the Research Institute of Media, Art and Design at the University of Bedfordshire (previously Luton). He was also the founding Head of School of Media Art and Design at the same University. Currently, he is Rector of the Winchester Campus and Head of Winchester School of Art, one of the UK ’s leading art schools and part of the University of Southampton. Additionally, he is Co-Director of the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design and Media. A retrospective monograph on Bashir Makhoul’s art has just been published by Al Hoash and his forthcoming books Palestinian video art (published by Al Hoash) and The Origin of Palestinian Art will be published in 2013 by Liverpool University press.

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