Ala Younis

Ala Younis is an artist with research, curatorial, film, and publishing projects. She is co-Head of Berlinale’s Forum Expanded, member of the Akademie der Künste der Welt, Cologne, and co-founder of the
independent publishing initiative, Kayfa ta. She co-initiated and codirected a national group for researching and developing cultural policy in Jordan (2012–18). Younis seeks instances where historical and
political events collapse into personal ones. Her artworks were featured in major exhibitions, including solo shows in New York, Seville, London,
Prague, Cairo, Amman, Sharjah, and Dubai, and in the Istanbul,
Gwangju, Orléans and Ural biennales. Her project Plan for Greater Baghdad (2015) premiered at All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennale.

In 2013, Younis curated Kuwait’s first pavilion at the Venice Biennale. She curated Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence, collection and interventions in Kuwait, Algiers and Ramallah (2012–14).
She also co-curated How to find meaning in dead time in Berlin and Hands in Cologne (both 2021); How to Reappear: Through the quivering leaves of independent publishing in Beirut and Amman and How to Maneuver: Shapeshifting texts and other publishing tactics in Abu Dhabi (both 2019–20); and Out of Place at Tate Modern and Darat al Funun (2011). Younis edited an extensive monograph on late Palestinian artist Abdul Hay Mosallam and co-edited The Time Is Out Of Joint published by Sharjah Art Foundation in 2020 and 2016 respectively. She co-edited and published over 18 publications through Kayfa ta initiative.

Ala Younis