ABOUT
RANIA LEE KHALIL

Rania Lee Khalil makes performances and moving image for live audiences. Her artworks reflect on the beauty and disappearance of indigenous plant, animal and human (culture)s.  Her embodied and research based practice interweaves reflections on ecology, third world feminism, post coloniality and healing. In her videos she explores lo fi and analog systems of making. Originally trained in dance, somatic movement and Butoh, Khalil brings a sense of quiet and movement to her performances and moving images.  Rania is the daughter of Egyptian immigrants to the US who have since
returned to Cairo. 


Her original works have been seen in places including The Judson Church, La Mama Galleria, Martin Segal Theater, Utopia Station and The Ontological-Hysteric Theater in New York; Aomori Art Museum Japan, Al Ma’mal Contemporary Art Foundation Palestine, Zawya Cinema Egypt, Kiasma Museum for Contemporary Art Finland and the 56th Venice Biennale. She is presently completing her practice based doctorate at the University of Arts Helsinki, Theatre Academy and teaches part time in the MFA program at Parsons School of Art and Design, The New School.







Awards include Kone Foundation (Finland), CIMO foundation (Finland), Erasmus Mundus (Europe), Fund for Women Artists (US), Zebra Poetry Film Festival (Germany), Bay and Paul Foundation (US), Merce Gilmore Foundation (US), Gibney (US), New York Foundation for the Arts (US)

Rania's artistic research has been made possible with the generous support of the Kone Foundation.

Khalil lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt between 2007 and 2016. She has since returned to the stolen territories of the Lenape and Canarsie / in New York City.  She lives in the Arab diasporic neighborhood of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with her partner and child.

(Education) Khalil attended Simon's Rock Early College of Bard and completed her B.A. at Hampshire College. Interested in healing in the aftermath of 9/11, she earned a Master's degree in community organizing and family therapy from Hunter College, New York City, with an internship and postgraduate training in the Diversity program at Ackerman Institute for the Family (to train BIPOC therapists).  Rania’s work as an artist in community is deeply informed by this training in the overlap of personal, familial and structural oppression/ liberation, as well its tools for empathic and collaborative community engagement.  

Rania received a second Master's degree in International Performance as Research from the University of Warwick, England, before entering into her practice based doctorate in performance which focused on embodiment, postcoloniality and environmental justice in the Third World.