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Born: 1978, Baghdad, Iraq
Lives and works in Oakland, CA
EDUCATION
2007MFA, Photography, California College of The Arts, San Francisco, CA
2003BA, Photography, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015Solo Exhibition, Ohlone College, Fremont, CA
2014Yes, even you, Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD
2012Re-Enchanter, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2009You're Not There, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
Garden, Keys that Fit Gallery, Oakland, CA
2005Betty Doppelganger Does The Big Fake, Magpie gallery, San Diego, CA
2003Kill Them Both, The Farm Art Space, San Diego, CA
America, Permanent Holiday, Flor Y Canto Gallery, San Diego, CA
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013The 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
2012Making 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
2011California Continued, Smith Anderson North Gallery, San Anselmo, CA
Art Pad SF, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
2010Time After Time: Actions and Interactions, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
2009Live 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
2008Detourned 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
2007LTC 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
2006Detourned 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
2005Juried 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
2003Verwood 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
2002Henpecked Heidi, Everett Gee Jackson Gallery, San Diego, CA
AWARDS / SCHOLARSHIPS
2012The Vision From The New California Award
2006The Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in Fine Arts
California College of Arts Scholarship
The Byron Meyer Scholarship
2005California 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

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

Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

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