Susanne Khalil Yusef
Susanne Khalil Yusef makes immersive colorful installations by combining a wide range of media such as murals, ceramics, textiles and sculptures. At first glance Yusef’s brightly colored work seems lighthearted and playful but if you look closer, it refers to distress and dangerous situations.
In her work she raises critical questions about themes such as homeland and displacement, identity and socio-geographic power relations. The stories in her work are closely related to her own biography – such as the conflicts in her home country Palestine, migratory flows, autonomy, Orientalism, exile, and colonial situations.
Susanne Khalil Yusef (1984) was born in Germany, to parents that were Palestinian refugees.Yusef studied at the St Joost academy in ‘s Hertogenbosch, where she obtained her bachelor and her master degree in fine art in 2018. Her work has been shown in museums such as Marres Maastricht, Valkhof Nijmegen and Museum Arnhem and has been represented on art fairs like Art Rotterdam and by galleries like Nomans Art Gallery and GoMulan.
Yusef is currently a resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her work has been included in the collections of the Museum Arnhem, the Dutch Textile Museum in Tilburg and the Province of Gelderland.
Press play to listen to the song that is currently playing in Susanne Khalil’s studio:
Interview on Mister Motley
Photo: Azil Sretlow
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Available works by Susanne Khalil Yusef
exhibition overview Limburg Biënale, 2022 – Photo by GJ. van Rooij