Confluence Video and Photographic Works of Artist Bessma Khalaf - Louie-Meager Art Gallery

  • Exhibit runs: February 16 - March 13, 2015
  • Open to the Public
  • Lecture on Ms. Khalaf's work: Thursday, March 12, 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Badlands by Bessma Khalaf.
Rainbow by Bessma Khalaf.

The Louie-Meager Museum of Art presents the video and photographic works of artist Bessma Khalaf, in the exhibition, Confluence, from February 16th through March 13, 2015. The gallery is free and open to the public during operating hours.

Ms. Khalaf will present a lecture on her work in the gallery on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

Bessma Khalaf is an interdisciplinary artist working in Oakland, Californina.

Balancing mischievousness and malice, Khalaf's processes of degradation (burning, eating, smashing, etc.) explore the boundaries of landscape, place, and image. Khalaf proposes that beyond the nihilism of destruction, voids and absences possess generative possibilities, either in nature or in her practice. Figuratively and pictorially, voids carve an ambiguous space in the representation of landscape and the documentation of performance. Entrenched in process, Khalaf mixes mysticism, futility, and endurance when pitting herself against the overwhelming vastness of her surroundings, and the largeness of the romantic landscape. Using both appropriated imagery and in situ events, Khalaf executes performances for the camera such that images and actions break down each other, and occasionally reach a compromise. Khalaf's images and locations have a strange familiarity, yet anonymity. They're places that we, as consumers of mass media and living bodies, recognize, yet really don't know.

Born in Iraq, Bessma Khalaf emigrated to San Diego, California in 1990 just before the first Gulf War. She earned her Bachelor degree from San Diego State University in 2002 and a Masters of Fine Arts in photography from the California College of Art in 2007.