Qais Assali (b. 1987) is an artist, designer and educator based between Chicago and Houston, he was raised in Palestine and the UAE. His works with photography, video, installation, lecture performance, graphic design, and in the archives seek to engage and subvert national geopolitical power dynamics. His interdisciplinary work stages questions between site and the body in relation to his own identity and locale in order to debunk metaphoric surrounding contested geographies. 
Assali has been teaching in visual communication at a number of academic institutions in Palestine, recently was a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Critical Race Studies Residency Program at Michigan State University 2018-19, and currently a Fellow & Artist-in-Residence for the Core Residency Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Assali holds two master’s degrees – an MFA from Bard College and MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
His work has been exhibited at the SculptureCenter, NY; Rashid Diab Arts Centre, Khartoum; Chicago Cultural Center; Darat al Funun, Amman; Jeune Création, Paris; Qalandiya International, Ramallah; Festival Artes Vertentes de Tiradentes, Brazil; Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven; 6018North, Chicago; Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, solo exhibitions at Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Khan Al Wakala, Nablus; and Michigan State University Union Art Gallery. 


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