Qais Assali (b. 1987 Palestine) is an artist, designer and educator. 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. 

His work has been exhibited at Rashid Diab Arts Centre, Khartoum, Sudan (2015); Jeune création, Paris, France (2016); Festival Artes Vertentes de Tiradentes, Brazil (2016); L'uzine, Casablanca, Morocco (2017); 6018North, Chicago, USA (2018); Qalandiya International, Ramallah, Palestine (2018); Temporary Art Centre (TAC), Eindhoven, Netherlands (2019); solo exhibitions at Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway (2015), Khan Al Wakala, Nablus, Palestine (2016); and Michigan State University Union Art Gallery, East Lansing, USA (2019).

Assali has been a faculty member at a number of academic institutions in Palestine, recently was a Visiting Assistant Professor & Artist-in-Residence for the Critical Race Studies 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 Milton Avery Graduate School and MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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