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Knock Out (Landscape)

21st Century
17 x 22 in. (43.2 x 55.9 cm)

Bessma Khalaf, American, b. 1978

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Archival pigment print on photographic paper
Credit Line: Gift of the Artist
Accession Number: 2017.3.3
Knock Out documents a performance piece created by Bessma Khalaf in which she punches through projected images of the California landscape, breaking the serenity of the images to encourage audiences look deeper into the complicated meanings embedded in these landscapes. An immigrant from Iraq, Khalaf came to the United States as a child to escape religious persecution for being Catholic. However, she now lives in a country that uses violence and forced military occupation to destabilize her homeland. Khalaf expresses her conflict about this situation through absurdity and humor, utilizing destruction as a motif. Knock Out is subversive and expresses the artist’s resentment at the seemingly ideal California/U.S. landscape by disrupting and deconstructing it with her fist.

--Grace Patterson, December 2019

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

  • Sheet Dimensions: 17 x 22 in. (43.2 x 55.9 cm)
  • Image Dimensions: 13 7/16 x 20 1/4 in. (34.1 x 51.4 cm)

Bibliography List
This object has the following bibliographic references:
  • Stephanie Hanor, ed. State of Convergence. State of Convergence Mills College Art Museum. Oakland, CA, 2020

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