Rania Lee Khalil - Gibney
Week of August 9, 2020
Making space for

Moving Toward Justice Cohort Member

Woman smiling at the camera in front of a yellow brick wall.

Rania Lee Khalil

Rania Lee Khalil makes performances and moving image for live audiences. Her artworks reflect on the beauty and disappearance of indigenous plant, animal and human (culture)s. Her work has been seen in places including The Judson Church and The Ontological-Hysteric Theater in New York; Aomori Art Museum Japan, Al Ma’mal Contemporary Art Foundation Palestine, Zawya Cinema Egypt, Kiasma Museum for Contemporary Art Finland and the 56th Venice Biennale. The daughter of Egyptian immigrants, she lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, and is the mother of one daughter. Presently completing a practice based doctorate in performance at the University of Arts Helsinki, she teaches in the MFA program at Parsons, The New School. www.ranialeekhalil.net

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Third World Ecology Project

In our present moment, with our earth also at an ecological tipping point, we see more and more the deep importance of connecting with nature, across all that has separated us: urban life, immigration, poverty, lack of access.  

In partnership with Arab American Association of New York, Arab and Muslim high school youth in Bay Ridge Brooklyn will participate in a 3-part process through workshops that include:  historical education of radical and third world narratives, field work that engages youth with nature and environmental practices, reflection and sharing of concepts through art making and dance.   This project expands from a performance of the same name, designed for nontraditional art spaces and community gardens, inspired by the third world feminist organizing of the artist’s grandmother in Egypt in the 1960’s. 

Photo Credit: Anthony Hamboussi