The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School last week announced the appointment of Moroccan-French artist Bouchra Khalili and Israeli curator Joshua Simon as 2011-2013 Vera List Center Fellows.
The fellowships honor individuals whose work advances the discourse on art and politics. The appointments provide the opportunity to further develop such work drawing from the academic resources of The New School, to expand on the work in collaboration with students and classes, and to bring it to the public through the Vera List Center’s interdisciplinary programs, seminars and occasional publications and exhibitions
Bouchra Khalili born in Casablanca, Morocco, and based in Paris, is professor of new media and video at the Ecole sup√©rieure des beaux-arts in Marseille, and a founding member and film curator at the Cin√©math√®que de Tanger, a non-for-profit based in Tangiers, Morocco. For her fellowship project, Paper Tracks, Khalili will investigate New York’s population of over half a million undocumented immigrant laborers, and will examine everyday objects that accompany their clandestine, largely invisible existences. Her work, which has been shown extensively around the world, is in video, mixed media installations, and prints, and combines a conceptual approach with a documentary practice to explore issues of nomadism, clandestine existences and the √©migr√© experience.,
Joshua Simon is a curator, filmmaker and writer based in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel. He teaches at Minshar College of Art and is head of the theory studies postgraduate program at Hamidrasha College of Art, Tel Aviv. During his fellowship term, Simon will investigate the object through various stagings, ‘ the auction, the experiment, the tag, the classified advertisement, the forwarded message ‘ in order to examine historical and contemporary notions of the object as commodity. He is the founding co-editor of Maayan Magazine for Poetry and Literature and The New & Bad Art Magazine, and editor of Maarvon ‘ New Film Magazine, all based in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.