taysir batniji (b.gaza,1966) studied art at al-najah university in nablus, palestine. in 1994, he was awarded a fellowship to study at the school of fine arts of bourges in france. since then, he has been dividing his time between france and palestine. during this period spent between two countries and two cultures, batniji has developed a multi-media practice, including drawing, installation, photography, video and performance. taysir batniji›s work, often tinged with impermanence and fragility, draws its inspiration from his subjective story, but also from current events and history. his approach always distances, diverts, stretchs, conceptualizes or simply plays with the initial subject, offering at the end, a poetic, sometimes acrid, point of view on reality. already involved in the palestinian art scene since the 1990s, he concentrated his participation, since 2002, in a number of exhibitions, biennials and residencies in europe and across the world. taysir was awarded the abraaj group art prize in 2012. his works can be found in the collections of many prestigious institutions of which the centre pompidou and the fnac in france, the v&a and the imperial war museum in london, the queensland art gallery in australia and zayed national museum in abu dhabi.