Khaled Barakeh
Born in Damascus Suburb, Syria 1976
Lives and works in Berlin

2017   ARTS RIGHTS JUSTICE Summer Academy; University of Hildesheim, Germany.
2013   Meisterschueler; Städelschule Art Academy, Frankfurt a.M, Germany.
2010   Master Degree in Fine Arts (MFA); Funen Art Academy, Odense, Denmark.
2003   Diploma Degree in Fine Arts; Damascus University, Syria.
2003   DART AL FUNUN Summer Academy; supervisor: Prof. Marwan Kassab Bachi; Amman, Jordan

2019 - 2018 UdK, Berlin Career College, Artist Training; Berlin, Germany.
2018  Summer School on Cultural Diversity; Artist in the Community Scheme Residency; Dublin, Ireland.
2016 - 2015 Paul-Hindemith-Schule; Frankfurt, Germany.

Residency & Scholarship
2018   European Cultural Foundation “Courageous Citizens R&D Grant”; Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2018   ENPACT “Startup Mentoring East Africa + Europe”; Berlin, Germany.
2017   Ford Foundation; New York, USA.
2016   ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik; Berlin, Germany.
2015   Roberto Cimetta, Paris, France.
2013   ThePlayhouse ICAN; Northern Ireland, UK.
2012   Hessischen Filmförderung, Frankfurt, Germany.

2011   The british council; Beirut, Lebanon.

Solo Exhibitions

2019 AUFHEBEN, Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt a. M., Germany.
2018 THE BLUE HOUR, Solo exhibition curated by Tobias Mörike; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany.
2015 iKB, Curated by Corinna Bimboese; Atelierfrankfurt, Frankfurt a. M., Germany.
2014 ON THE ROPES, Curated by the artist at his studio; Frankfurt a. M., Germany.
2013 TRANSMIGRATIONS, Curated by Susanne Husse; District Kunst und Kulturförderung, Berlin, Germany.
2010 ISOMERIZATION, Curated by Anna Krogh; Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark.
2006 UNTITLED, Curated by the artist; Le CCF, Amman, Jordan..
2005 INK ON MY HANDS, Curated by Leccas Delphine; Le CCF, Damascus, Syria.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018   INSIDE INTEL, Curated by Elliott Burns, India Murphy and Jake Charles Rees; "Conspiracy" CIJ Logan Symposium, St James Hatcham, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

2018   DIVIDED WE STAND, Curated by Cristina Ricupero and Jörg Heiser; Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea.

2018   SHIFTING HORIZONS, Curated by Misal Adnan Yildiz; KRANK Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey.
2018   IN BETWEEN. RETHINKING TRANSCULTURAL IDENTITIES; Curated by Charlotte Bank; Art-Lab, Berlin, Germany.
2018   MUTTERZUNGE’;Curated by Adnan Yiuldiz; Kino-International, Berlin, Germany.
2017   DOES EUROPE EXISTS?; Curated by Achilleas Kentonis; ARTos Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus.
2017   KASHASH; Curated by Alma Salem; Korzo, Amsterdam and Utrecht, Netherland.
2017   POLITICAL GESTURES; Curated by Adela Demetja ;Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt, Germany.
2017   BORDERLINES; Curated by Claudia Postel; Galerie Postel, Hamburg, Germany.
2017   WE SHOUT AND SHOUT, BUT NO ONE LISTENS; Curated by Tone Olaf Nielsen & Frederikke Hansen; CAMP (Center for Art on Migration Politics), Copenhagen, Denmark.
2016   SANS PAPIERS; Curated by Simone Zaugg and Pfelder; Kurt-Kurt, Berlin, Gremany
2016   BEACHHEAD'S PEACE OF MIND; Curated by Misal Adnan Yildiz; Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand.
2016   IF ALL RELATIONSHIPS WERE TO REACH EQUILIBRIUM, THEN THIS BUILDING WOULD DISSOLVE; Curated by Miguel Amado; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England.
2015   APRICOTS FROM DAMASCUS; Organized by Atıf Akın and Dilek Winchester SALT Galata. Istanbul, Turkey.
2015   TITLED; Curated by Adela Demetja. Heike Strelow Gallery, Frankfurt a.M, Germany.
2015   OVERSHADOWED; Curated by Tobias Mörike. Gallery Holger John, Dresden, Germany.
2015   MAIL ART; Curated Line Krom Jutta Heun. Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.
2014   NEW FRANKFURT INTERNATIONALS - SOLID SIGNS; Curated by Lilian Engelmann, Frankfurter Kunstverein.
2014   IN PLAIN SIGHT; Curated by Sarah Lookofsky. Smack Mellon. New York, USA.
2013   SAY MY NAME SAY MY NAME; Curated by Bernd Reiß. MMK Museum Für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany.
2013   WELCOME; Curated by Line Sandvad Mengers. LSM Project Space, Laven, Denmark.
2013   SYRIA'S ART OF RESISTANCE; Curated by Zaher Omreen. Rich Mix Gallery, London, UK; The Round Tower, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2013   LOCUS; Curated by Didem Yazıcı. Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany.
2013   HOME STORIES; Curated by Nicola Muellerschoen. Villa 102, Frankfurt a.M, Germany.
2013   FRAGILE STATES; Curated by Sidd Joag. Brian Morris Gallery. New York, USA.
2012   IMAGINED COMMUNITIES; Curated by Miguel Amado. Golden Thread Gallery. Belfast, Northern Ireland.
2012   THE CHANGING ROOM; Curated by Aida Eltorie. The Underground Gallery. London, UK.
2011   WE ARE NOWHERE AND IT IS NOW; Curated by Patrick Keaveney & Didem Yazıcı. Occupy Space. Limerick, Ireland.
2010   UNTITLED NO.5; Curated by Lars Rahbek. Larm Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Collaborative Projects & Exhibitions
2013   MOBILE ACADEMY; Curated by Simon Starling; Organized by Thuy-Han Nguyen Chi & Susanne Husse. Ha Noi, Hoi An, Sai Gon and Berlin.
2011   WHEN IN ROME; Curated and organized by Simon Starling and Mark Mangion. Malta Contemporary Art Foundation. Valletta, Malta. Movement gallery. London, UK.
2009   BUILDING DEMOCRACY; Curated by the collective. Overgaden. Copenhagen; and Rum46. Århus. Denmark.

Collaborative Projects & Exhibitions:

2013 MOBILE ACADEMY, Curated by Simon Starling, organized by Thuy-Han Nguyen Chi & Susanne Husse; Ha Noi, Hoi An, Sai Gon and Berlin.

2011 WHEN IN ROME, Curated and organized by Simon Starling and Mark Mangion; Malta Contemporary Art Foundation, Valletta, Malta; Movement gallery, London, UK.

2009 BUILDING DEMOCRACY, Curated by the collective; Overgaden, Copenhagen; Rum46, Århus, Denmark.


Selected Talks and Lectures

2018 WHAT HAPPENS POST-RELOCATION?, Safe Havens 2018 Conference; Malmö, Sweden.

2018 CONTESTING IMAGES; Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway.

2018 FREEDOM TO MOVE/CREATE, Oslo World Seminars “We Are (ALL) Migrants” in collaboration with Norsk

Folkehjelp and Transcultural Arts Production - TRAP; Kulturhuset,Oslo, Norway.

2018 THE PRACTICE OF NECESSITY; Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg

2018 IDENTITY CRISIS AND EXILED ART - NEW ROLES OF SYRIAN CREATIVES, Facetten des Islams; Club der polnischen Versager, Berlin, Germay.


2018 SYRIA: RENEWAL, CREATIVITY AND RESILIENCE; Goethe-Institut Brussels, Belgium.

2018 BETWEEN THE BORDERS; Berlin Art Institute, Berlin, Germany.

2018 MUTTERZUNGE; Babylon Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

2018 ARTIVISM: CREATIVITY AS A MEDIUM OF CHANGE, Denmark Syrian Cultural Citizenship; Syrian Cultural

Institute in Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


moderation and panel discussion; Robert Bosch Cultural Managers Network, International Alumni Center, Berlin, Germany.

2017 GLOBAL ROUNDTABLE 'ARTIST SAFETY/SAFE HAVEN', Artists and Movements - Safe Havens 2017

Conference; Residency Unlimited - ArtsEverywhere, Malmö, Sweden.

2017 STRICTLY PROHIBITED, Survival Of The Artist; The Mosaic Rooms - Shubbak Festival, British Museum, London, UK.

2017 DOES EUROPE EXIST?; ARTos Foundation, Nicosia, Cyprus.


Fostering International Cultural Dialogue, Diversity and Sustainability; Presidency of the Council of the

European Union, Mellieħa, Malta.

2016 AS FREE AS IT GETS, Landschaften der Hoffnung; Radialsystem V, Berlin, Germany.

2016 ON FOREIGN GROUND; Ettijahat Independent Culture - Goethe-Institut Brussels, SMAK Gent, Belgium.

2016 ARTIVISM (ART&ACTIVISM) IN THE CONTEXT OF MIGRATION, Digital Spring; Salzburg, Austria.

2016 APRICOTS FROM DAMASCUS; SALT, Istanbul, Turkey.

2013 CHALLENGING PLACE; ICAN, The Playhouse, Derry / Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK.


Selected Publications

2018 “Re-creating communities of practice”, in Fresh Perspectives 8 “Safeguarding the Daring Voice: Arts &Freedom of Expression”, IETM: 12-14.

2018 RICUPERO, C. and HEISER, J. (eds.), Divided We Stand [exhibition catalogue], Busan Biennale Organizing Committee: 38-41.

2018 “The Untitled Images (2014)”, Cinema Journal 57, No. 4 “Decolonize” (Summer 2018), University of TexasPress: 142-146.

2017 “Apricots from Damascus Issue 13”, in Subjects and Objects in Exile, L’internationale Books: 63-71.

2016 “Der multikulturelle Friedhof”, in KÖNIG, A. and WENZEL, J. (eds.), The end of the world as we know it ist der

Beginn einer Welt die wir nicht kennen [exhibition catalogue], Festival für Fotografie Leipzig: 12-15.

2015 “Act of Excision”, visual essay in ARTEZINE Fall 2015, ArteEast: The Global Platform for Middle East Arts,

2014 “Regarding the Pain of Others and Damascus 15 Feb 2012 19:47:31: Artistic responses to the violence in

Syria, in HALASA, M., OMAREEN, Z. and MAHFOUD, N. (eds.), Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline, Saqi Books: 156-164.

2013 MÜLLERSCHÖN, N. and MAYR, N. (eds.), HOME STORIES: Locating artistic practice in today’s global reality

[exhibition catalogue], KFW Stiftung - Snoek.

2012 ELTORIE, A. (ed.), The Changing Room, Finding Projects Association: 48-51 and interview: 126-131.