Qais Assali (b.1987 Palestine) is a visual artist and educator. His works with photography, video, performance, and in the archives seek to engage and subvert national geopolitical power dynamics. His work stages questions between site and the body in relation to his own identity and locale in order to debunk metaphoric surrounding contested geographies.
His work has been internationally exhibited at Rashid Diab Arts Centre, Khartoum (2015); Jeune création, Paris (2016); Festival Artes Vertentes de Tiradentes, Brazil (2016); 6018North, Chicago (2018); solo exhibitions at Akademirommet, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2015), Khan Al-Wakala, Nablus (2016); and Michigan State University Union Gallery (2019).
Assali has been a faculty member at a number of academic institutions in Palestine and was Artist-in-Residence for Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University 2018-19. He holds two master’s degrees – an MFA from Bard College, NY and MA in Art Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.