Ala Younis is an artist focusing on research, film, and publishing projects. Younis’s projects look into how the archive plays on predilections and how its mishaps manipulate the imagination. She curated several shows including Kuwait’s first pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2013). She is co-Head of Berlinale’s Forum Expanded, co-Artistic Director of Singapore Biennale 2022, and a member of the Akademie der Künste der Welt (Cologne). She co-founded the independent publishing initiative, Kayfa ta, which researches and publishes on and through independent endeavors. Among the publications, Younis edited Tin Soldiers (2012), Territorial Subjects: Twenty Years of YAYA (Qattan Foundation, 2019), and Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara (Sharjah Art Foundation, 2020). She co-edited How to maneuver: Shapeshifting texts and other publishing tactics (Kayfa ta and Warehouse421, 2020), and Time Is Out Of Joint (Sharjah Art Foundation, 2016). She led the online workshops Superheat (2020) for Studio-X / Columbia Global Center and unprepared (2021) for Qattan Foundation. Her work and writings are published in numerous publications including e-flux, Nafas Art, Mizna Journal, Ibraaz, Creative Time, Camera Austria, Divan Journal, and Flash Art. Younis holds a BSc. in Architecture from the University of Jordan (1997) and MRes in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London (2016).
For more information see: www.alayounis.art; www.kayfa-ta.com