Bouchra Khalili

Stories within Stories


This book is not yet published, but will be available from September 2022.

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Informed by post-independence avant-gardes and the vernacular traditions of her native Morocco, Khalili’s artistic approach combine performative strategies of storytelling, reactivating the “civil poetry” as defined by Italian poet and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and inspired by the old tradition of Moroccan Al-Halqa. As a political voice endorsing the collective one from the singular experience, Pasolini’s civic poet mirrors the Moroccan “Halqa,” the country’s most ancient form of public storytelling.

Mixing up popular tales, ancient poems and political references the Al-Halqa performer subverts official historiographies and narratives to eventually become at once the people’s “living archives” and its public voice. Operating similarly, Khalili’s work develops civic platforms for first person accounts eventually forming collective stories of resistance.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 17 x 24 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 28 September 2022
Number of pages 200
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Joachim Ben Yacoub, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Bouchra Khalili, Sofia Johansson, Katarina Pierre, Abdellah Taïa, and Arnisa Zeqo
Dimensions 17 x 24 cm
Weight 300 g


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