Born in 1976 in Damascus Suburb, Khaled Barakeh graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, Syria in 2005, completed his MFA at Funen Art Academy in Odense, Denmark in 2010 and finished his Meisterschüler at the Städelschule Art Academy in Frankfurt a.M., Germany in 2013. The geographical shift in Barakeh’s life – moving from Syria to Europe – resulted in major changes in his approach towards his work; originally trained as a painter, he then developed a stronger concentration on conceptual art practices. Today, Berlin-based artist works in a variety of media, deliberately chosen for each project, focusing on the current and pertinent issues and often revolving around power structures in context of identity, culture and history. Drawing from his personal experiences – observations of both familiar and strange places, witnessing the repetitive and constantly unsolved social injustice through different points of view – Barakeh approaches creative practices as a tool of social changes. Barakeh is considered to be a part of global artivism movement – often focusing on topics of cultural preservation, aiming to see between the cracks of social and political systems, addressing them in indirect ways.
Through creative storytelling, Barakeh uses negative spaces in modern world – through acts of joining and separation, decontextualising and reconstructing the narratives, blurring the lines between real and fiction and highlighting presence by absence – that of words, objects, individuals, victims, bodies. His art practice can be categorised as cultural hacking – revolving around both personal and social narratives, it often transforms pre-existing materials, objects and data in order to change their contexts through repetitive acts of transformation. Through these actions, Barakeh aims to create new environments for the audience, challenging their expectations and pre-existing assumptions. He has exhibited at the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; Shanghai Biennale; Salt Istanbul; Kunsthalle Brandts, Overgaden Denmark; Frankfurter Kunstverein; Artspace New Zealand and many other institutions and venues around the world.
Studio Khaled Barakeh was officially established in 2017, bringing together a team of professionals of diverse backgrounds. Focused on artistic-social projects on a variety of scales, activities of the Studio range from exhibitions and artwork production to social projects and other cultural-based activities. One of the most recent initiatives is coculture e.V. - a non-profit organization created as a response to mass displacement that focuses on providing support to the community of Syrian artists around the globe, showcasing their work to wider audience.
Born in Damascus Suburb, Syria 1976.
2017 ARTS RIGHTS JUSTICE Summer Academy; University of Hildesheim, Germany.
2013 Meisterschueler; Städelschule Art Academy, Frankfurt a.M, Germany.
2010 Master Degree in Fine Arts (MFA); Funen Art Academy, Odense, Denmark.
2003 Diploma Degree in Fine Arts; Damascus University, Syria.
2003 DART AL FUNUN Summer Academy; supervisor: Prof. Marwan Kassab Bachi; Amman, Jordan
2017 - 2019 UdK, Berlin Career College, Artist Training. Berlin, Germany.
2015 - 2016 Paul-Hindemith-Schule. Frankfurt, Germany.
Residency & Scholarship
2017 Ford Foundation; New York, USA.
2016 ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik; Berlin, Germany.
2015 Roberto Cimetta, Paris, France.
2013 ThePlayhouse ICAN; Northern Ireland, UK.
2012 Hessischen Filmförderung, Frankfurt, Germany.
2011 The british council; Beirut, Lebanon.
2015 iKB; Curated by the artist; Organised by Corinna Bimboese. Atelierfrankfurt, Frankfurt a.M, Germany.
2014 ON THE ROPES; Curated by the artist at his studio, Frankfurt a.M, Germany.
2013 TRANSMIGRATIONS; Curated by Susanne Husse. District Kunst und Kulturförderung. Berlin, Germany.
2010 ISOMERIZATION; Curated by Anna Krogh. Kunsthallen Brandts. Odense, Denmark.
2006 UNTITLED; Curated by the artist. Le CCF. Amman, Jordan.
2005 INK ON MY HANDS; Curated by Leccas Delphine. Le CCF. Damascus, Syria.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2018 SHIFTING HORIZONS, Curated by Misal Adnan Yildiz; KRANK Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey.
2018 IN BETWEEN. RETHINKING TRANSCULTURAL IDENTITIES; Curated by Charlotte Bank; Art-Lab, Berlin, Germany.
2018 MUTTERZUNGE’;Curated by Adnan Yiuldiz; Kino-International, Berlin, Germany.
2017 DOES EUROPE EXISTS?; Curated by Achilleas Kentonis; ARTos Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus.
2017 KASHASH; Curated by Alma Salem; Korzo, Amsterdam and Utrecht, Netherland.
2017 POLITICAL GESTURES; Curated by Adela Demetja ;Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt, Germany.
2017 BORDERLINES; Curated by Claudia Postel; Galerie Postel, Hamburg, Germany.
2017 WE SHOUT AND SHOUT, BUT NO ONE LISTENS; Curated by Tone Olaf Nielsen & Frederikke Hansen; CAMP (Center for Art on Migration Politics), Copenhagen, Denmark.
2016 WHY NOT ASK AGAIN: ARGUMENTS, COUNTER-ARGUMENTS AND STORIES; The 11th Shanghai Biennale, China.
2016 SANS PAPIERS; Curated by Simone Zaugg and Pfelder; Kurt-Kurt, Berlin, Gremany
2016 BEACHHEAD'S PEACE OF MIND; Curated by Misal Adnan Yildiz; Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand.
2016 IF ALL RELATIONSHIPS WERE TO REACH EQUILIBRIUM, THEN THIS BUILDING WOULD DISSOLVE; Curated by Miguel Amado; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England.
2015 APRICOTS FROM DAMASCUS; Organized by Atıf Akın and Dilek Winchester SALT Galata. Istanbul, Turkey.
2015 TITLED; Curated by Adela Demetja. Heike Strelow Gallery, Frankfurt a.M, Germany.
2015 OVERSHADOWED; Curated by Tobias Mörike. Gallery Holger John, Dresden, Germany.
2015 MAIL ART; Curated Line Krom Jutta Heun. Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.
2014 NEW FRANKFURT INTERNATIONALS - SOLID SIGNS; Curated by Lilian Engelmann, Frankfurter Kunstverein.
2014 IN PLAIN SIGHT; Curated by Sarah Lookofsky. Smack Mellon. New York, USA.
2013 SAY MY NAME SAY MY NAME; Curated by Bernd Reiß. MMK Museum Für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany.
2013 WELCOME; Curated by Line Sandvad Mengers. LSM Project Space, Laven, Denmark.
2013 SYRIA'S ART OF RESISTANCE; Curated by Zaher Omreen. Rich Mix Gallery, London, UK; The Round Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2013 LOCUS; Curated by Didem Yazıcı. Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany.
2013 HOME STORIES; Curated by Nicola Muellerschoen. Villa 102, Frankfurt a.M, Germany.
2013 FRAGILE STATES; Curated by Sidd Joag. Brian Morris Gallery. New York, USA.
2012 IMAGINED COMMUNITIES; Curated by Miguel Amado. Golden Thread Gallery. Belfast, Northern Ireland.
2012 THE CHANGING ROOM; Curated by Aida Eltorie. The Underground Gallery. London, UK.
2011 WE ARE NOWHERE AND IT IS NOW; Curated by Patrick Keaveney & Didem Yazıcı. Occupy Space. Limerick, Ireland.
2010 UNTITLED NO.5; Curated by Lars Rahbek. Larm Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Collaborative Projects & Exhibitions:
2013 MOBILE ACADEMY; Curated by Simon Starling; Organized by Thuy-Han Nguyen Chi & Susanne Husse. Ha Noi, Hoi An, Sai Gon and Berlin.
2011 WHEN IN ROME; Curated and organized by Simon Starling and Mark Mangion. Malta Contemporary Art Foundation. Valletta, Malta. Movement gallery. London, UK.
2009 BUILDING DEMOCRACY; Curated by the collective. Overgaden. Copenhagen; and Rum46. Århus. Denmark.