Director

Khaled Abdulwahed, born 1975 in Syria, is an artist, filmmaker and photographer based in Berlin.

Between 1996 and 2000 he studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design at Adham Ismail art school in Damascus / Syria, and at Frederick University in Nicosia / Cyprus.

Since 2000 he works as a photographer. In 2002 he had his first solo photography exhibition at Goethe Institute in Damascus. In 2003 he exhibited his art works during the French Cultural Centre Francophone Photography Festival in Damascus and was selected for the Arles World Campus as part of Arles Photography Art Festival in France. In 2008 he exhibited at Dupont Art Space in Paris, 2009 at Art Sawa gallery in Dubai.

Between 2011 and 2015 Khaled Abdulwahed directed and produced the three video artworks 'Bullet' (2011), 'Tuj' (2012) and 'Slot In Memory' (2013) which were screened in many art spaces, festivals, universities and TV channels over the world. For instance, Berlin Art Biennale, Centre Georges Pompidou and the Arab World Institute in Paris, Impakt Festival in Utrecht, Milano Film Festival, University of Chicago, University of Copenhagen and ARTE.

In 2015 Khaled was invited to Berlinale Talents / DOC Station for his first feature length experimental documentary film 'Jellyfish' about the war in Syria. Produced by pong film the film was finished in 2016. It was a.o. selected for Berlinale Forum but due to political reasons Khaled decided to not show it publicly till today.

In 2017 Khaled joined the curatorial team of Berlinale Forum Expanded. In the same year he participated with other artists and filmmakers in the SPOTS campaign for the 'Tribunal Unraveling the NSU complex' in Germany. In 2018, together with his co-director Amel Alzakout, he won the Film Prize for International Cooperation Germany/Arab World by the Robert Bosch Foundation with their new feature length film 'Purple Sea' which will be produced by pong film. In the same year he finished his short film 'backyard' (2018).