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Emily Jacir

Pioneering artist exploring displacement, identity, and trans-Mediterranean experiences.

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Date of Birth:



Bethlehem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

  • Prolific contemporary artist.

  • Addresses crucial themes of displacement and identity.

  • Uses diverse media to explore socio-political narratives.

Brief bio

Emily Jacir is an influential Palestinian artist whose work spans various mediums, including film, photography, sculpture, and performance. Her art often reflects on the themes of displacement, identity, and the Palestinian experience, making significant contributions to contemporary art and Palestinian cultural narrative.

Major Milestones


  • 2007: Received the Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale for "Material for a film".

  • 2008: Awarded the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum.

  • 2011: Received the Alpert Award from the Herb Alpert Foundation.

  • 2015: Became the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.

  • 2007-2017: Co-founder and full-time professor at the International Academy of Art Palestine in Ramallah.

  • "Where We come From" (2002-2003): A project addressing the complex identity and movement restrictions of Palestinians...See More

  • "Memorial to 418 Palestinian Villages Which Were Destroyed, Depopulated, and Occupied by Israel in 1948" (2001): A poignant installation focusing on lost Palestinian villages...See More

  • "Crossing Surda (a record of going to and from work)" (2003): A video work highlighting the impact of travel restrictions in Palestine...See More

  • "Material for a Film" (2006-ongoing): A project based on the life of the Palestinian translator Wael Zuaiter...See More

  • "Ex libris" (2010-2012): A work commemorating books looted from Palestinian homes in 1948.

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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