CV

CV

Born: 1978, Baghdad, Iraq
Lives and works in Oakland, CA

 

EDUCATION
2007 MFA, Photography, California College of The Arts, San Francisco, CA
2003 BA, Photography, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015 Solo Exhibition, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA
2014 Yes, even you, Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD
2012 Re-Enchanter, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2009 You're Not There, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
Garden, Keys that Fit Gallery, Oakland, CA
2005 Betty Doppelganger Does The Big Fake, Magpie gallery, San Diego, CA
2003 Kill Them Both, The Farm Art Space, San Diego, CA
America, Permanent Holiday, Flor Y Canto Gallery, San Diego, CA
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013 The Long Conversation, Southern Exposure, San Francisco CA
NADA NYC, Queens Nails Gallery, New York, NY
Ouroboros, Root Division, San Francisco CA
Thinking Like The Universe, Hatch Gallery, Oakland CA
Supra Natural, Berkeley Central Arts Passage, Berkeley CA
Continuations: Processing war and trauma, Asian Rescourse Center Gallery, Oakland CA
2012 Making a Scene, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
I'm So Goth I'm Dead, Queen's Nails Projects, San Francisco, CA
Hi-Jack, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
Visions Form the New California, 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, CA
Playback, Queen's Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA
DocumentO, Krowswork Gallery, Oakland, CA
2011 California Continued, Smith Anderson North Gallery, San Anselmo, CA
Art Pad SF, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2010 Time After Time: Actions and Interactions, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
2009 Live and Direct, Ping Pong Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Artists' Films Series: Omer Fast, Harun Farocki, Brian Conley, and Bessma Khalaf, CCA Campus, San Francisco, CA
2008 Detourned Menu: Food in the Form of Activism, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY
Value Max, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
East of the West, Somarts Bay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007 LTC Plus One, M1 Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Cream from the top, Arts Benicia center gallery, Benicia, CA
CCA 2007 Centennial Graduate Exhibition, CCA, San Francisco, CA
2006 Detourned Menu: Food in the Form of Activism, The Lab, San Francisco, CA
Immediate Future: The Murphy & Cadogan Fellowships in the Fine Arts, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Awesome: The Contemporary Sublime, PlaySpace Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Trucker Hats vs. Sideways Haircuts, Club Six, San Francisco, CA
2005 Juried Biennial, William D. Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad, CA
Closer Apart, Limbo Fine Art, San Diego, CA
Love, Lust & The Politics of Dancing, Limbo Fine Art, San Diego, CA
2003 Verwood and The Cinder Girl, The Farm Art Space, San Diego, CA
New Photography: New and Old Ideas About Old and New Subjects, The Muse Gallery, San Diego, CA
The Machine Shop Show, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
2002 Henpecked Heidi, Everett Gee Jackson Gallery, San Diego, CA
AWARDS / SCHOLARSHIPS
2012 The Vision From The New California Award
2006 The Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in Fine Arts
California College of Arts Scholarship
The Byron Meyer Scholarship
2005 California College of Arts Scholarship
The Byron Meyer Scholarship
BIBLIOGRAPHY
2014

Staff, Best of Baltimore 2014, Best Gallery Show, September 15

McCabe, Bret, Controlled Burn, Baltimore City Paper, June 4

2012 Glosemeyer, Julia, What Can Goth Do For Politics?, Daily Serving, August 29th
Helfand, Glen, Bessma Khalaf at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Artforum, May
2011 Bowles, Nellie, Art Pad SF Review by Nellie Bowles, SF Chronicle May 19th
Projections part 1 and 2, in Zyzzyva, spring issue 2011
2009 Helfand, Glen, Bessma Khalaf at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Artforum, October
McCrystal, Carol Anne, Review: The Garden at Keys That Fit Projects, Nightmare City Magazine, fall issue
Reed, Aimee, Bessma Khalaf at Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Daily Serving, November
2006 Kluth, Mary Ann, Bessma Khalaf, This Land Is My Land, Stretcher Magazine December
2004 Kendricks, Neil, Anxiety Alley, The San Diego Union Tribune, July 29th
2003 Verwood and The Cinder Girl, The Farm Press
RESIDENCIES
2012 Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
Queen's Nails Annex, San Francisco, CA
GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

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