Khaled Jarrar was born in 1976 in Jenin, Palestine. He studied Interior Design at the Palestine Polytechnic University in 1996 and graduated from the International Academy of Art Palestine with a BA in Visual Arts in 2011. The artist lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine.
Jarrar’s work explores modern power struggles and their sociocultural impact on ordinary citizens. Using photographs, videos, installations, films, and performances, Jarrar pushes the boundaries on the social impact he can elicit through artistic interventions. Over the last decade, Jarrar has used the subject of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank as a starting point for more extensive investigations of militarized societies, including the gendered spaces of violence and the links between economic and state powers that fuel and profit from war or political conflict.
In 2014, Checkpoint Helsinki commissioned Jarrar to create Hunger Wall, which was a barrier composed of loaves of bread that symbolizes the thin line between prosperity and poverty, particularly under military occupation. Dis-/Obey included dozens of volunteers who participated in a mock military march and an installation of camouflage uniforms. Live and Work in Palestine consisted of creating the first unofficial Palestinian stamp that he used to stamp official passports of people of nationalities around the world. These multidisciplinary works and interventions investigate military power, disobedience, and individual responsibility in conflict zones.
Selected solo exhibitions include those at MOCA (Tucson, USA), Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), Art Bärtschi & Cie, now Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland) and Galerie Polaris (Paris, France). Recent group exhibitions include those at Qattan Foundation (Ramallah, Palestine), Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), MuCEM – The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (Marseille, France), Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (New York, USA), 57th Venice Biennale (France), La Triennale di Milano (Italy), New Museum (New York City, USA), 15th Jakarta Biennale (India), 7th Berlin Biennale (Germany) and London Film Festival (UK).