Bouchra Khalili (b. 1975, lives and works in Paris) is a French-Moroccan artist who has focused on video work since 2002. Khalili explores borders, emigration, mapping and displacement by documenting physical and often liminal spaces. Her video work considers these spaces as conceived, evoking the contemporary tensions surrounding territory. Her work has been shown at venues including Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Reina Sofia National Musuem (Madrid), and the Queens Museum of Art (New York).
"Anya (Straight Stories – Part 2)" is the continuation of Bouchra Khalili’s ongoing project Straight Stories, initiated in 2006. While the first part focuses on the Strait of Gibraltar between Spain and Morocco, "Anya" considers the Strait of Istanbul as both a physical border between two continents (Europe and Asia) and an imaginary one. Since the 1990s, the Strait of Istanbul, intended as a temporary stop for migrants in ¬transit, waiting before going further west has become a permanent terminus. Khalili explores through spatial and visual fragments the story of a young Iraqi woman who has been waiting in this area for a visa to Australia since 1996.