Nisrine Boukhari is a conceptual artist developing her art-based research projects out of concepts relating to psychogeography and the analysis of the impact of space on human behavior and emotions. Since 2012 she has focused on researching a form of mental diversity—through the intersection between art, psychology, and neuroscience—which she refers to as “Wanderism.” Within it, Boukhari alters methods of psychogeographical theories, pointing out the wanderer and its representation as a potential game-changer of a new world yet to be.
The act of wandering, of being lost and changing locations, willingly or unwillingly, speaks of a rhizomatic and therefore nonhierarchical order which relates to recurring global and systemic problems of identity, borders, safe spaces, and human rights. Her work is rooted in questions of “Wanderism,” belonging, and emotional coping, defining the core of what the artist calls the “State of Mind,” a foremost mental, as well as physical, state evolving from being a wanderer.
Boukhari’s mixed-media installations are designed to be perceptual and participatory experiences, engaging body and mind, but language also plays an essential role. Since leaving her hometown of Damascus in 2012, she has composed numerous text fragments, positioning herself in relation to her former base and creating a matrix for her practice.
Boukhari studied sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University. She holds an MA degree in social design from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Her art-based research has led her to participate in numerous international residencies, most recently with Iaspis (Stockholm, Sweden); the Serlachius Museum (Mänttä, Finland); Trapholt Museum for Moderne Kunst (Kolding, Denmark), where it was also exhibited; Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art residency (Winnipeg, Canada), Nordic Artists Centre (Dale, Norway); and Art Omi (New York, USA). Her work has also been exhibited internationally—recently at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Rijeka, Croatia); Bildmuseet (Umeå, Sweden); the Museum of World Culture (Gothenburg, Sweden); the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Lisbon, Portugal); Museet for Samtidskunst (Roskilde, Denmark); the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam); and the Casoria Contemporary Art Museum (Italy).
Boukhari cofounded AllArtNow, the first independent contemporary art organization in Damascus, in 1995. That organization was the basis for the foundation of Living Spaces, an international festival for contemporary art (2009–10), as well as Studio1, an informal, contemporary art school in Damascus (2011–12). The AllArtNow space was transformed into a temporary refugee shelter after a severe aggravation of the war in Syria in 2012. Its exhibition program was then temporarily nomadic until the AllArtNow Lab opened in Stockholm in 2019.
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