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.

Khaled Barakeh

Born in Damascus Suburb, Syria 1976.

 

 

Education

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

 

 

Teaching

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.

 

 

Exhibitions

 

Solo Exhibitions:

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.