Emily Jacir


Emily Jacir Biography

Renowned for work that is as poetic as it is political and biographical, Jacir has built a complex and compelling oeuvre that explores transformation, questions of translation, resistance and silenced historical narratives.

Jacir is the recipient of several awards, including a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); a Prince Claus Award (2007); the Hugo Boss Prize (2008); the Herb Alpert Award (2011); and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome (2015).

Jacir’s recent solo exhibitions include Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Darat il Funun, Amman (2014-2015); Beirut Art Center (2010); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009).

Jacir’s works have been in important group exhibitions internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); Venice Biennale (2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013); 29th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (2010); 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006); Sharjah Biennial 7 (2005); Whitney Biennial (2004); and the 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003).

In 2003 O.K. Books published "belongings". a monograph on Jacir’s work. A second monograph was published by Verlag Fur Moderne Kunst Nurnberg (2008). Her book "ex libris" was published in 2012 by Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln. In 2015, The Khalid Shoman Foundation published "A Star is as Far as the Eye Can See and as Near as My Eye is to Me" the most extensive monograph to date on Jacir's work in English and Arabic. The most recent monograph on her work is "Europa" published in 2015 by Prestel Publishing. In 2016, NERO published "TRANSLATIO" about Jacir's permanent installation Via Crucis at the church of San Raffaele in Milan.