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Bessma Khalaf Artist Lecture

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PST

A fist punches through an arid landscape

Join us for an artist lecture from esteemed Oakland-based artist Bessma Khalaf whose video work is featured in MCAM’s fall exhibition Shifting Terrains. Arrive early to see Bessma’s work on view at MCAM!

Bessma Khalaf (born 1978 in Baghdad, Iraq) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Oakland, California. She utilizes photography, video, sculpture, and performance to explore the boundaries of landscape, place, and image, while employing processes of degradation such as (burning, smashing, shattering, melting, defacing, eating, regurgitating, etc.)

Khalaf earned her B.A. from San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, and M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA. Her works have been exhibited at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY; Steven Wolf Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA; Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD; 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA and the ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY. Khalaf has been the recipient of a Murphy Cadogan Fellowship and the Vision From The New California Award in addition to a residency at the Kala Art Institute. Her work has been featured and reviewed in publications such as Zyzzyva, Artforum, the San Francisco Tribune, and Baltimore City Paper. Khalaf’s studio is located in Oakland, CA and is represented by Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, CA.


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Wheelchair accessible, Service Animals allowed
BIPOC artist(s), Women artist(s)
Event Type
Visual Art, Performance Art, Film & Video
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Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613 United States
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