Abir Boukhari

E-mail: Boukhari.abir@gmail.com

Co-founder & Director of AllArtNow Organization, 2005 to Date


Curator and director of Extension Art Space from 2022 to dates

- Anna Kinbom, What I was Wishing For, 2023

- Khaled Hafez - Illustrated History of the Mundane: Military Industrial Complex, 2023

- Open Studio, Juanma González, 2023

- Joakim Forsgren presents Urban Forsgren, 2022

Curator for AllArtNowLab from 2019 to dates

Run a program in AllArtNowLab for guest curator:

- Conversations on Attachment, Curated by Sookyoung Huh, 2022

- The Story of Indigenousness and the Ownership of History, curated by Khaled Ramadan, 2022

- Life isn`t a bed of Neuroses, Curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist, 2022

- The Echoes of Eco, curated by Janove Ekstedt, 2022

- To inherit a Story, curated by Eva Lotta Holm Flach, 2021

- Memory of Things, curated by Renee Padt, 2021

- Close Encounters of the Fictive Kind, curated by Ashik Zaman and Koshik Zaman (C-print), 2021

- From Magmart Festival, curated by Enrico Tomaselli, 2021

- Beyond Expectation, Juxtaopse Art Fair, Aarhus, Denmark, 2021

- Video Art Day at AllArtNowLab, curated by Gabriel V. Soucheyre, VIDEOFORMES Festival, 2021

- Death, Life is stalking you, curated by Marc Mercier (Les Instants festival), 2021

- Hidden Messages, curated by Rainer Junghanns, 2021

- Troubled Home, curated by Maryam Omrani, 2021

- Tenderness of the Unknown, curated by Sona Stepanyan, 2021

- Catch a Fire, curated by Mia Zeek, 2021

- A Glad of One`s Own, Curated by Jonatan Habib Engqvist, 2020

Curated several projects

- Into Uncertain Present, Videoformes festival, Clermont Ferrand, France 2023

- Into Uncertain Present, Magmart festival, Naples, Italy, 2023

- The Prairie Within, AllArtNowLab, Stockholm 2023

- No way to hide, Dar Ebd Eltif, Algiers, 2023

- Co-curated Unfinished Histories, Botkyrka Konsthall, Sweden, 2022

- Inside, I hide my Happiness, AllArtNowLab, 2022

- Entangled Ecologies, AllArtNowLab, 2022

- Art in Hjorthagen, six art venues in Hjorthagen`s area, 2022

- Disputed Frames, AllArtNowLab, 2022

- Co-curated In Search of Role Models, project between Cairo and Stockholm, 2022

- Meeting of Minds Platform, AllArtNowLab, Stockholm, 2022

                                                      Konsthall C, 2022

                                                      Konstframjandet, Karlstad, 2022

- Into Uncertain Present2, Virtual residency, Barcelona, Stockholm, Tunisia, 2022

Exhibition at: Jiser Foundation, Barcelona, Spain

AllArtNowLab, Stockholm, Sweden

La Boite d`art contemporaine, Tunis, Tunisia

- co-curated Pilipalister Occupied AllArtNowLab, 2022

- Beyond Expectation, Vulkano, Goteborg, 2021

- Into Uncertain Present, virtual residency, Barcelona, Stockholm, Winnipeg 2021

Exhibition at:

Hangar, Barcelona, Spain

AllArtNowLab, Stockholm, Sweden

Platform Center for photographic and digital arts, Winnipeg, Canada

Les Instants festival, Marseilles

- Beyond Beyond, Placa de Fort Bianca, Barcelona, Spain, 2021

- Out of Time and Space, Konstframjandet Varmland, 2021

- Co-curated Under One Sky, Comox Valley Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada, 2021

- Meeting of Minds-Karlstad, Konstframjandet Varmland, 2021

                                                     Alma Löv museum, 2021

- Thoughts on a Vague Road, HavreMagasinet, Boden, 2021

                                                        Sormlands Museum, Nykoping, 2020/2019

                                                        Ebeling, Museum. Torshälla, 2019

                                                        World Culture Museum, Gothenburg, 2017/2018

- Still, Life Ahead, AllArtNowLab, Stockholm, Sweden, 2020

- AllArtNowLab hosts Flat Octobus, AllArtNowLab, Stockholm, 2020

- Through Distant Air, virtual residency + Exhibition, AllArtNow Lab, Stockholm, Sweden, 2020

- After Jerusalem, Johan Widen and Ylva Gislen, AllArtNowLab, 2020

- Nostalgia, Sormlands Museum, Nykoping, 2020

- Mentor for Jiser residency in Barcelona/Tunisia/Algeria, 2019

- Meeting of Minds, AllArtNow Lab, Stockholm, 2019

- The City Shines Every Day With New Stories, Wip:sthlm, Stockholm, 2019

- Something Can happen Beyond Expectation, Centraljukhuset, Karlstad, Sweden, 2019

                                                                                       Swab Art Fair, Barcelona, Spain, 2017

                                                                                       Rostrum Gallery, Malmo, Sweden, 2017

- Waypoint Algeria AllArtNowLab, Stockholm, 2019

- Itineraries to the Future, Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, 2019

- The signal is intermittent, Gallery KC, Gothenburg, 2019

- The Curator`s Flavour, Elham Khattab, AllArtNowLab, Stockholm, 2019

- Art in The Summer, Wip:sthlm and Konstframjandet, Stockholm, 2018.

- Museum of Preserving City, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland, 2017

                                                        Botkyrka Kunsthall, Fittja, Sweden, 2016

- Mat and Konst festival, Botkryka festival, Fittja, 2017

- AllArtNow in residence Botkyrka, programming for a year in Botkyrka residence, Fittja, Sweden, 2017

- Co-curated the New Biennial of Botkyrka "Transitions" Stockholm, Sweden, 2016

- Nohome as a Pattern of Life, Gnesta Art Lab, Gnesta, Sweden, 2016

                                                       Nassjo Kunsthall, Nassjo, Sweden, 2016

- Maps to Collect Cities, Jonkoping Lans Museum, 2016

- From the Diary of a Roamer, Bornholms Konstmuseum, Bornholms, Denmark, 2016

                                                       Jonkopings Lans Museum, Jonkoping, Sweden, 2014

- Co-curated Make a Change, Kultur Centrum, Ronneby, 2016

- I will Never Get Used to Wait, Skanes Konstforening, Malmo, 2017

                                                         Hinterland Gallerie, Vienna, 2015

                                                         Hangmen Kunsthall, Stockholm, 2015

                                                         TYS Udstillingsstedet, Copenhagen, 2015

- Post-Thousand and one Nights, Malongen, Stockholm, 2015

- City in Transformation, video art program screened in Kunsthochschule Halle, Germany, 2016/ Videoformes festival, Clermont Ferrand, France, 2015/ Motorenhalle, riesa efau, Kultur Forum Dresden, Germany, 2015/ Magmart Festival, Naples, Italy, 2015/Les Instants Festival, Marseille, France, 2015, AIVA festival, Finspang, Sweden 2014

- At the Plague, Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, 2015

- How Are You Going? Are You Okay?, Gotham Arts Studios, Western Australia, 2014

- I`d Rather Prefer Not To Speak About Politics Tonight, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, 2014

- East West Banana Split, Visual discourse between East and West, AllArtNow, Syria, 2012

- Mosaic, visual project about diversity, ethnicity & coexistence in the Syrian society, AllArtNow, Syria, 2012

- Zawer Zerkli, in Maktab;Creative Zone, Syria, 2012

- Samir Safadi, in Maktab; Creative Zone, Syria, 2012

- Nawar Haidar, in Maktab;Creative Zone, Syria, 2012

- Mahmoud Dayoub, in Maktab;Creative Zone, Syria, 2012

- Jwan Khalaf, in Maktab;Creative Zone, Syria, 2012

- Studio1, informal school for local emerging artists, Syria, 2011

- Maha Shahin, Mustafa Ali Gallery, Syria, 2011

- Living Spaces, The 2nd International festival for Contemporary Art (showed events in 5 public spaces in Damascus for 7 days and one public space in Aleppo, and curated show in different countries during the year in Italy, Germany, Greek, France and Canada), 2010

- Behind Words, video art project with 10 emerging artists about relations between Man & Woman in Syrian society, (the project took part in more than 15 art events in Syria and abroad) produced, 2010

- Once Upon a Time in Arab Countries, Arab Short Festival, Goethe Institute, Cairo, Egypt, 2010

- In Silence, installation project for 7 emerging Syrian artists, AllArtNow, Syria, 2010

- For Your Eye, Multi-Media project, AllArtNow, Syria, 2010

- Fashion Diary, the participation of Syrian pavilion in the 1st biennial of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2009

- Trace, Interactive and performance project, AllArtNow, Damascus, 2009

- Magnetism, Installation project, AllArtNow, Damascus, 2009

- 1st International festival for video art, Syria, 2009

- Iman Hasbani, French Cultural Centre, Syria, 2009

- Muhammad Al`s solo show, French Cultural Centre, Syria, 2009

- co-curated Out of Circle, Cultural palace, Damascus, 2008

- co-curated here I Stand, AllArtNow, Syria, 2008

- Ousama Diab – the Window, in collaboration with Qattan foundation, Mustafa Ali Gallery, Syria, 2007

- Miniature, Jabri House Gallery, Syria, 2007

- Three Emerging Syrian Artists, Ahmad Shawki Museum, Cairo, 2006

- Cross Generations, honouring exhibition for Syrian modern Artists, Taksim Gallery, Istanbul, 2006

- Co-curated Osmanian Monuments in Damascus, photograph exhibition, Istanbul Municipality, Turkey, 2006

- Co-curated From Damascus, photograph exhibition in the public space, Istanbul, Turkey, 2006

- Tendencies, Jabri House Gallery, Damascus, 2006



- Several “artist in residence” in cooperation with different partners, 2006 to dates

Co-organized Artist Council, Konstframjandet, Stockholm, 2016-2017

- Co-organized New Arrival residency WIP, Stockholm, 2017

- Several artist talks for international artists in AllArtNow/Damascus from 2008 to 2012

- Exchange residency program between artists from UK & Syria, 2009 to 2010

- Training the trainers in Medial and Political Education for Youth (with Organizations from Finland, Germany and Jordan) Youth4Media institute/Munster/Germany, June2009

- “Flicker” video art project in collaboration with British council, Damascus, 2009

- Training about Sexual Education by using arts (Graffiti & Media workshops) with LastPlak/Netherlands, Damascus, 2008

Organized the Syrian participation in:

- “9th International miniature art biennial" Canada, 2008, 1st award for painting, Iman Hasbani, Syria

- "Artist2006" the 16th Istanbul International Art Fair, Istanbul, 2006

- "Artist2005", the 15th Istanbul International Art Fair, Istanbul, 2005

- "8th International miniature art biennial" Canada, 2006


Curator in residency at:

- Frame, Helsinki, visitor curator, 2021

- Gnesta art lab, Gnesta, Sweden, Sept to Oct/2016

- MAWA organization, (visiting curator) Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Jun/2016

- Botkyrka Residence, Fittja, Sweden, March to Aug/2016

-  Malongen, the Nordic Guest Studio, Stockholm, Sept/2015

- The Austrian Federal ministry of education the arts and culture, in cooperation with Kulturkontakt, Vienna, Jan/Feb 2014

- Centre of contemporary art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Jul/2013

- Iaspis (visiting curator) Stockholm, Malmo, Gothenburg, Oct 2011

- The Danish Arts Agency (visiting curator) Copenhagen, Roskilde, Sept 2011

- Stroom Den Haag (visiting curator) Jun 2011


She gave Talks:

- Videoformes festival, France Clermont Ferrand, 2023

. “Contemporary art in Syria” Mediterranean Museum, 2018

- “Allartnow as a Nomadic Space” Artlab Gnesta, Gnesta, Sweden, 2017

                                                                MAWA, Winnipeg, Canada, 2016

- “Women artists from Syria” Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Manitoba, Canada, 2016

- "Art space in Displacement" Kultur Centrum, Ronneby, 2016

- "Panel discussion about art practices in the conflict countries" Hangmen Project, Stockholm, 2015

- "Discussion between Maria Lantz and Abir Boukhari about art and society in Syria, Malongen, 2015

- "The contemporary art practices in Syria" The Royal institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden, 2014

- "Archiving the Public, Reading the Walls" Depot Kunst Und Diskussion, Vienna, Austria, 2014

- "Art Practices in Syria; Individuality, Creativity and Instability" Academy of Fine arts, Vienna, Austria, 2014

- "Contemporary Art Practices in Syria: Yesterday and Today" IASPIS (The Swedish Arts Grants Committee), Stockholm, Sweden, 2014

- " Spot in the Art Practices in Syria" Jonkoping Lans Museum, Sweden, 2014

- "The Hub of Contemporary arts in Syria" Supermarket art fair, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden, 2014

- "Archiving the Public, Reading the Walls" Depot Kunst Und Diskussion, Vienna, Austria, 2014

- "Art Practices in Syria; Individuality, Creativity and Instability" Academy of Fine arts, Vienna, Austria, 2014

- "Isolation, Breath to Die", Centre for contemporary art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland, 2013

- “Studio1-In Need project”, Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2012

- “Women`s in Action”, Erbil, Kurdistan, 2011

- “Stroom Invest Conference”, Stroom Den Haag, Hague, Netherlands, 2011 

- “AllArtNow” March Meeting, Sharjah Foundation, Sharjah, UAE, 2010

- “Café Mediterranean” SICA, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2010

- “AllArtNow space” (Informal talk to Tate curators), Tate Modern, London, UK, 2009

- “Syrian Knowledge”, Deflina Foundation, London, UK, 2009


Background and education

- Awarded The city of Stockholm`s cultural scholarship, 2021

- Graduated from Curatorlab, Konstfack University, Stockholm, Sweden (awarded Ulla Froberg-Cramers scholarship)

- Training about "Audience Development for Art Institutions" Museums Akademie, Vienna/Graz, 2014

- Course about conflict resolution, reconciliation and tolerance through art, Washington DC/Austin/Santa Fe/NYC, 2012

- Curatorial internship with Hamburger Bahnhof museum, Oct-Nov/2012

- Cultural management workshop with Goethe institute, 2012

- Curatorial Internship with Tate Britain, Aug/2009 to January/2010

- Course in “Cultural Value” Academia Vitae/Deventer, Netherlands, July/2009

- Cultural management workshop “Melopee5” France, Nov 2008

- International young creative entrepreneur program, British council, UK, Oct08,

- Curatorial workshop Townhouse Gallery, May/2007

- Cultural management workshop, Amman, Nov/2007

- Training about project management in development society (Training in 4 phases) UNDP, Syria, 2008/2009

- Short Courses in business administration and management at Damascus Commercial Chamber, 2003/2004

- Achieved French Literature faculty at Damascus University, Syria, 1999

- Participate in several programs for Euro-Med:

Relaunch Euro-Med Youth Platform, Malta, 2008,

Dialogue & Cultural diversity, Amman, 2008

Shorouk training about youth Exchange, Rome, 2008

Intercultural dialogue program, Damascus, 2008

Euro-Med Youth Platform, Alexandria, Dec07