Artists and Projects


Nisrine Boukhari



about the artist

Nisrine Boukhari is an artist and researcher based in Vienna and Stockholm.

Nisrine Boukhari,Poetry Prose Drink, Fittja Food & Art. Photo: Anneli Bäckman

about the residency

Artist Nisrine Boukhari from Damascus spent a few months in Residence Botkyrka’s apartment in Fittja through the winter and spring of 2017. She has since participated in several exhibitions and programmes within Residence Botkyrka and Botkyrka konsthall.

Nisrine is a co-founder of AllArtNow together with Abir Boukhari. In her work, she often focuses on the intersection of art, psychology and neuroscience where she has coined the concept of Wanderism, a state of mind of being in-between.

What I found interesting in this residency as an artist and is different from other residences I did; that to live in an urban area, in an apartment and without a studio was like telling the artist that you are now part of this place and its people, you are just moved in. It is overwhelming because you suddenly discover that the content is entirely different from what we used to do in most of the other residencies, which many of them are in nature or small villages or even in cities but with studios etc. So what I hoped to do was to present what I was doing as part of life in process as artistic research in a poetic style. That would inform and become later as part of the micro-history of this place, especially that the impact of space is a crucial part of what I am doing all the time. So, Walking, thinking, reading, writing, and reflecting. - Nisrine Boukhari, 2020

archives: itineraries to the future

Nisrine Boukhari
Soliloquy of a Lone Soul
Video, 15:30 mins. (2018)

The video work “Soliloquy of a lone sole” is a poetic four-sequence film, speaking about the perspective of time, and the journey of a traumatized person. During the time of her research in Fittja, the artist was studying the impact of the state of displacement and mobility, how the mind looks at and relates different places; the architecture of emotions and realities. The artist is weaving dreams, realities and imaginations from a traumatized memory. The work was shown in the exhibition Archives: Itineraries to the Future in 2019.

Botkyrka art collection

Nisrine Boukhari
The Quest for Past Memories is Uncertain
Installation with transformed books (2016)

“I rarely visit the flea markets in Vienna – the city where I’m currently living – but sometimes I visit the second-hand shops that are selling used books. These kinds of bookstores let you enter the world of old and forgotten memories. There are no bestsellers on the shelves, the books are rather outdated and often unattractive. I am wandering around in these kinds of bookstores, thinking about the neglected pasts to be rediscovered. There is no specific order or archival system but a seemingly chaotic one which makes it more interesting for someone like me who has an equally fragmented memory. I am wandering between stories, old maps, poetry and tourist guidebooks that are no longer useful. All of this made me want to start a small collection of what was discarded for most people but maybe it could become something important for me.

So, what kind of dusty books did I find?

Holy books, erotic books, old novels and books about history and politics, and especially the ones about the second world war; a dark history no one wants to remember.

I got interested when I found books about Islamic history, Orientalism, the Arab world, atlases of the world and more recently, books about Syria. It was a painful moment to see that someone had discarded my country, in the form of a book.

The history belongs to whom? Are we belong to history or history belongs to us? Is it possible that history becomes recyclable in this way? How human can bring back or assimilate a story has lost some of its parts? Does the new narration of fragmented memories can tell part ofthe story, or create a new one, or maybe make it survived? Memory! How will we be able to protect it if we are the same who forsake it?“

The installation is part of Botkyrka municipality’s art collection and was shown in the exhibiton Övergångar / Transitions in 2016, curated by Abir Boukhari and Anneli Bäckman.

collaborations and support

The residency programme was a collaboration with AllArtNow.