Rachel Khedoori

Australia-born, Los Angeles-based artist Rachel Khedoori poses provocative phenomenological questions in her work that merges installation, sculpture, film and photography. Khedoori gained international recognition with her first comprehensive solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel and Kunstverein Braunschweig in 2001.

Khedoori is known for work that reinterprets the architecture of domestic spaces. She often reconstructs rooms that challenge viewers’ perceptual experience by interweaving mirrors, films and scale models into the installation. While the work is noticeably void of any representations of the figure, the viewer’s physical presence assumes the role of subject. Khedoori’s small-scale sculptures are often models, which serve as representations of imagined or hidden spaces.

Khedoori’s use of the cinematic apparatus as a sculptural form, for example the 35mm film projector, emphasizes tensions at play within her practice. The work conflates or flattens the space between the physical, built environment and the illusory realm of film, suggesting that the distinction between reality and representation have become obscured. Khedoori also utilizes books, film, and photography to symbolize the act of documentation, encouraging viewers to reconsider the conditions of reportage and representation. Her work serves as a metaphor for the instability of memory and challenges viewers to reconsider the boundary between reality and imagination.

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Rachel Khedoori

Biography

Print Biography
Born
Sydney, Australia, 1964
Education

Studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, BFA, 1988
Studied at the University of California in Los Angeles CA, MFA, 1994
Visiting Professor, Academy of Art, Malmö, Sweden, 1996

Resides
Lives and works in Los Angeles CA

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015
Hauser & Wirth New York, 'Rachel Khedoori,' New York NY
2011
Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
Rochester Art Center, Rochester MN
2010
Hauser & Wirth London, 'Rachel Khedoori,' London, England
2009
The Box, Los Angeles CA
2007
Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
2004
Villa Arson, Nice, France
2002
Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
2001
Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (Travelling Exhibition)
Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
2000
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany
1999
David Zwirner, New York NY
1997
Hauser & Wirth Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
1995
Association of the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
Rum, Malmo, Sweden
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Group Exhibitions

2019
Quetzal Art Center, ’Cave Myths (Endless Spelunking)’, Vila de Frades, Portugal
2016
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, 'Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016', Los Angeles CA
2013
Stadt Fellbach Kulturamt, 'Fellbach Triennial of small-scale sculpture since 1980', Fellbach, Germany
University Galleries Illinois State University, 'The House of the Seven Gables', Normal IL
2012
Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, 'Architektonika 2', Berlin, Germany
Lokremise, 'Human Capsules. Eight Female Artists from the Ursula Hauser Collection', St. Gallen, Switzerland
2011
Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Unguided Tours: The Anne Landa Award for Video and New Media Arts 2011', Sydney, Australia (Travelling Exhibition)
Hamburger Bahnhof, 'Architektonika', Berlin, Germany
2010
Ballroom Marfa, 'Immaterial', Marfa TX
Galerie Senn, 'You're scripted! Aspects of performance and references to film in visual arts', Vienna, Austria
2009
La Biennale di Venezia, 'Fare Mondi / Making Worlds', Venice, Italy
CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, 'Paul McCarthy's Low Life Slow Life: Part 2', San Francisco CA
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, 'Blickmaschinen / Visual Tactics or how pictures emerge', Seville, Spain (Travelling Exhibition)
Mücsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest, 'Blickmaschinen / Visual Tactics or how pictures emerge', Budapest, Hungary (Travelling Exhibition)
2008
Kunsthalle Wien, 'Western Motel', Vienna, Austria
Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, 'Blickmaschinen / Visual Tactics or how pictures emerge', Siegen, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)
2007
David Zwirner, 'A Point in Space is a Place for an Argument', New York NY
2006
San Francisco Art Institute, 'Work Zones', San Francisco CA
2005
Seedamm Kulturzentrum, 'Realit;-)T. 30 Videoarbeiten aus der Sammlung Goetz in München', Pfaffikon, Switzerland
Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 'Multiple Spaces (3) – Film – Imagination and Illusion In Art', Baden-Baden, Germany
2004
Beaumontpublic + Königbloc, '___', Brussels, Belgium
Hamburger Bahnhof, 'Flick Collection', Berlin, Germany
Kunstverein Braunschweig, 'Jahresgaben 2004/2005', Braunschweig, Germany
Villa Arson, 'Stéphanie Calais, Rachel Khedoori, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet', Nice, France
2003
CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, 'Warped Space', San Francisco CA
Galerie im Taxispalais, 'Mehrfach belichtet / Multiple Exposure', Innsbruck, Austria
Kunsthaus Graz, 'Imagination – Perception in Art. Einbildung. Das Wahrnehmen in der Kunst', Graz, Austria
ZKM - Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, 'Fast Forward. Media Art Sammlung Goetz', Karlsruhe, Germany
2002
Galerie Michel Rein, 'Solitudes', Paris, France
Hauser & Wirth Zürich, 'Ten Years Galerie Hauser & Wirth', Zurich, Switzerland
Kunsthalle Basel, 'Kleine Kleinigkeit', Basel, Switzerland
Sammlung Hauser & Wirth, 'House of Fiction. Sammlung (3)', St. Gallen, Switzerland
2001
David Zwirner, 'I Love New York', New York NY
Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 'Ich bin mein Auto', Baden-Baden, Germany
Phoenix Hallen, 'Pump Haus. Sammlung Falckenberg', Hamburg, Germany
2000
MOCA – The Museum of Contemporary Art, 'Flight Patterns', Los Angeles CA
Monika Sprüth, 'LA', Cologne, Germany
Sammlung Hauser & Wirth, 'Sammlung (1) – The Oldest Possible Memory', St. Gallen, Switzerland
1999
Kunsthalle Nürnberg, 'Vergiss den Ball und spiel weiter. Das Bild des Kindes in der zeitgenössischen Kunst', Nuremberg, Germany
Philomene Magers, 'LA', Munich, Germany
1998
Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, 'Entropie zu Hause' (Slg. Schürmann), Aachen, Germany
1997
Holderbank AG, 'Kunstausstellung Holderbank', Holderbank, Switzerland
1996
Steirischer Herbst '96, 'Inklusion Exklusion. Kunst im Zeitalter von Postkolonialismus und globaler Migration', Graz, Austria
Wanas Foundation, 'Wanas 1996', Knislinge, Sweden
1994
David Zwirner, 'Rachel Khedoori and Toba Khedoori', New York NY
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Bibliography

Publications

2019
de Bruin, Aveline, Karsekns, Xander, Welchman, John C., ’Cave Myths (Endless Speaking)’, Alentejo: Quetzal Art Center, 2019, pp. 42-44, 45, ill. (exh. cat.)
2014
Paitz, Kendra (ed.), 'The House Of The Seven Gables', Illinois: University Galleries of Illinois State University, 2014 (exh. cat.)
2013
Unterdörfer, Michaela (ed.), 'Hauser & Wirth. 20 Years', Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2013
2012
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, 'Menschenzellen. Acht Künstlerinnen aus der Sammlung Ursula Hauser', Nuremberg: Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 2012, pp. 65 – 69, ill. (exh. cat.)
Frohe, Ursula, Haberer, Lilian (eds.), 'Kinamatographische Räume: Installationsästhetik in Film und Kunst', Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2012, p. 477, ill.
2011
Paton, Justin, 'Unguided Tours: Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts 2011', Sydney: Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2011, pp. 46 – 51, ill.
2009
Birnbaum, Daniel, Volz, Jochen (eds.), 'La Biennale di Venezia. 53rd International Art Exhibition. Making Worlds', Venice/New York NY: Marsilio/Rizzoli, 2009, p. 92, ill.
2008
Bätzner, Nike, Nekes, Werner, Schmidt, Eva (eds.), 'Blickmaschinen', Cologne: DuMont Buchverlag, 2008, pp. 195, 285, ill. (exh. cat.)
Kunsthalle Wien, Matt, Gerald (eds.), 'Western Motel: Edward Hopper and Contemporary Art', Nuremberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2008, pp. 186 – 195, ill. (exh. cat.)
2004
Blume, Eugen, Jäger, Joachim, et al. (eds.), 'Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof', Berlin/Cologne: DuMont, 2004, pp. 196 – 203, ill. (exh. cat.)
2003
Goetz, Ingvild, Urbaschek, Stephan (eds.), 'Fast Forward: Media Works from the Goetz Collection', Munich: Kunstverlag Ingvild Goetz GmbH, 2003, pp. 222 – 229, ill. (exh. cat.)
Kunsthaus Graz (ed.), 'Imagination – Perception in Art', Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2003, ill. (exh. cat.)
2002
Grosenick, Uta, Riemschneider, Burkhard (eds.), 'Art Now. 137 Artists at the Rise of the New Millennium', Cologne: Taschen, 2002, pp. 228 – 231, ill.
Unterdörfer, Michaela (ed.), 'The House of Fiction. Sammlung Hauser und Wirth / 3', Nuremberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst, 2002, pp. 9, 88 – 89, ill. (exh. cat.)
2001
Pakesch, Peter (ed.), 'Rachel Khedoori' (text by Gardner, Colin), Basel: Kunsthalle Basel/Kunstverein Braunschweig, 2001, ill. (exh. cat.)
Zdenek, Felix (ed.), 'Pump Haus. Sammlung Falckenberg', Regensburg: Lindinger + Schmid, 2001, pp. 156 – 157, ill. (exh. cat.)
2000
Museum of Contemporary Art (ed.), 'Flight Patterns' (text by Butler, Cornelia H.), Los Angeles CA, 2000
Meyer-Hermann, Eva (ed.), 'The Oldest Possible Memory, Sammlung 1', Cologne: Oktagon/Sammlung Hauser und Wirth, 2000, pp. 58 – 59, ill.
1999
Liebau, Eckart, Unterdörfer, Michaela, Winzen, Matthias (eds.), 'Vergiss den Ball und spiel‘ weiter. Das Bild des Kindes in zeitgenössischer Kunst und Wissenschaft', Cologne: Oktagon, 1999, pp. 16 – 19, ill. (exh. cat.)
1996
Weibel, Peter, Said, Edward W., et al., 'Inklusion Exklusion. Kunst im Zeitalter von Postkolonialismus und globaler Migration', Graz: Steirischer Herbst ’96, 1996 (exh. cat.)
Wachtmeister, Marika, Pallister, Kay C., et al., 'Wanås/S 1996', Knislinge: Wanas Foundation, 1996 (exh. cat.)
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Press

2019
Farago, Jason, Arango, Tim, ‘These Artists Refuse to Forget the Wars in Iraq’, in: The New York Times, New York NY, 19 November 2019, ill.
Schjeldahl, Peter, ‘The Art of War in “Theater of Operations”’, in: The New Yorker, New York NY, 2 December 2019, ill.
2014
Regen, Shaun Caley, 'The Most Admired Art Dealers of 2014', on: www.news.artnet.com, New York NY, 24 December 2014
Knight, Christopher, 'Los Angeles’ art world is bigger and wider', on: www.latimes.com, Los Angeles CA, 12 September 2014
Hirschowitz, Bianca, 'Hauser & Wirth Heads West', on: artlog.com, 12 June 2014
Griffin, Jonathan, 'LA's Art Wave: New projects, museum appointments and gallery openings point to a cresting of interest in Los Angeles-based contemporary art that is as powerful as any the city has seen', in: Art Review, London UK, May 2014, pp. 74 – 77
2013
Hoffman, Gabriele, 'In Modellen denken. Utopie beginnt im Kleinen – 12. Triennale Kleinplastik Fellbach', in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich CH, 24 July 2013, p. 45
Gerlis, Melanie, 'Hauser & Wirth makes a big birthday look', in: The Art Newspaper, TAN 2, London UK, May 2013, p. 4, 1/1, ill.
2012
Gygax, Raphael, 'Human Capsules', in: Frieze, London, May 2012, p. 228, ill.
2011
___, 'Arte e fotografia', in: Vogue Italia online, March 2011, unpag.
2010
___, 'Rachel Khedoori', in: Time Out, 8 July 2010, p. 41, ill.
2009
Buckley, Annie, 'Los Angeles, Rachel Khedoori, The Box', in: Art in America, New York NY, November 2009, ill.
2008
Scharrer, Eva, 'Zurich. Rachel Khedoori. Hauser & Wirth', in: Artforum, New York NY, no. 5, January 2008, pp. 295 – 296, ill.
2007
von Faber-Castell, Christian, 'Zuzug aus dem grossen Kanton', in: Handelsblatt, Dusseldorf, 9 September 2007, p. 1
___, 'Rachel Khedoori', in: Monopol, Berlin, no. 9, 1 September 2007, p. 134, ill.
2004
Diez, Renato, 'L’imperdonabile Collezione Flick', in: Arte, Milan, no. 375, November 2004, pp. 164 – 170, ill.
Oberholzer, Niklaus, 'Kunst als ein bitterer Zeitkommentar', in: Neue Luzerner Zeitung, Lucerne, 2 October 2004, p. 39
Kuhn, Nicola, 'Die grosse Überwältigung', in: Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin, 22 September 2004, p. 25, ill.
2003
CAC Wattis Institute, in: Tema Celeste, Milan, no. 99, September – October 2003, p. 113, ill.
2002
Badrutt Schoch, Ursula, 'Im Banne der Sphinx. "The House of Fiction" im Haus von Hauser und Wirth', in: St. Galler Tagblatt, St. Gallen, 7 May 2002
2001
Végh, Christina, 'Beobachter oder Beobachtete? Zu den filmischen Rauminstallationen von Rachel Khedoori', in: werk, bauen + wohnen, Zurich, no. 12, 2001, pp. 28 – 35, ill.
Conrads, Martin, 'Griffith Park Elementary', in: Texte zur Kunst, Berlin, vol. 11, no. 44, December 2001, pp. 133 – 135, ill.
Reust, Hans Rudolf, 'Rachel Khedoori' (review), in: Artforum, New York NY, vol. XL, no. 2, October 2001, pp. 166 – 167, ill.
Herzog, Samuel, 'Rachel Khedoori in der Kunsthalle', in: Kunst-Bulletin, Zurich, no. 7 – 8, July – August 2001, p. 37, ill.
Herzog, Samuel, 'Was auch zum Metropolenschmelz gehört. Kunstveranstaltungen in Basel rund um die "Art"', in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich, no. 133, special supplement Art 32 Basel, 12 June 2001, p. B7 ill.
dop., 'Raumkollisionen', in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich, no. 115, 19 – 20 May 2001, p. 67, ill.
___, 'Alumni Profile', in: San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA, Spring 2001, p. 20
2000
Lehmann, Ulrike, 'Das Modell wirkt fremd und magisch. Rachel Khedoori erstmals in Köln', in: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, Cologne, no. 123, 27 – 28 May 2000, p. 39, ill.
1999
Sichel, Berta, 'Rachel Khedoori', in: Flash Art, Milan, vol. XXXII, no. 207, Summer 1999, p. 130
Smith Roberta, 'Rachel Khedoori', in: The New York Times, New York NY, 5 March 1999, p. E44
1998
pz., 'Zwischen Romantik und Gruselfilm', in: Die Welt, Berlin, 3 January 1998, p. G7, ill.
1997
Polzer, Brita, 'Virus-Express / Albert Renger / Rachel Khedoori und Dan Graham / Jean Odermatt', in: Annabelle, Zurich, 23 December 1997, p. 21
Volkart, Yvonne, 'Denkmodelle mit Witz / Graham und Khedoori in der Galerie Hauser & Wirth', in: Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Zurich, 5 December 1999, p. 54
Kraft, Martin, 'City Räume & Kinomärchen / Dan Graham, Rachel Khedoori', in: Tages-Anzeiger, Zurich, 14 November 1997, p. 64
1996
Holm, Eva-Lotta, 'Wanas 96. Nature and Culture', in: Material, no. 26, Summer 1996
Holst-Ekstrom, Mans, 'Light in Movement and Space', in: Paletten, Göteborg, no. 224, January 1996, pp. 36 – 39
1994
Van de Sompel, Ronald, 'Rachel Khedoori. Notes on a work in progress', in: Kunst Nu, December 1994
Vine, Richard, 'Rachel Khedoori and Toba Khedoori' (review), in: Art in America, New York NY, October 1994
Saltz, Jerry, 'L.A. Rising', in: Art and Auction, New York NY, April 1994
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