Born Khalil Dawood Ramadan in Damascus in 1966, known as Khaled Ramadan. He is an archivist and a documentary film producer, whose work is greatly influenced by social history, scientific research and critical theory. He moved to Europe in 1995 and has since become an influential figure in international investigational film circles.

Khaled Ramadan’s films and documentaries reflect the work of a film archivist, not a traditional filmmaker. He often applies his theoretical knowledge in film production to learn and be informed about communities, people and the evolving social / human system.

Ramadan regards his work as geographical map making, a work committed to social equality and representation. He makes out of the personal and ordinary an extraordinary. His work is particularly committed to investigate the relationship between memories and the ownership of history, and to record the unknown and the neglected histories. This is also the focus of Chamber of Public Secrets, an international cultural collective established by Ramadan in 2003.

His work between 2005 and 2010 is influenced by the book, The Language of New Media by media theorist Lev Manovich, a reconceptualization of filmmaking, which he has used as a tool of engagement in understanding the power relation between film criticism, media production and contemporary culture. The result can be seen in his DOCULOGIA archive, which examines the role of contemporary media and its consequences in society and analyzes how culture and politics interact.

Ramadan utilizes a deep knowledge of internationalism and the history of experimental film making to comment upon the socio-cultural mobility of contemporary culture and identity. He makes use of archives and film to construct work that explore our perceptions of personal identity and community. He uses his art as a vehicle for empowering and engaging people from all different backgrounds and communities. He intends to reveal the danger inherent in blind acceptance of everyday ‘reality’ – whether the context is the socio-politics of the Middle East or post-modern European identity.

Khaled Ramadan is also adept at exploring the role of contemporary visual culture in modern society and at considering the implications of globalization, media and new internationalism and society as a whole.

Ramadan’s work as a filmmaker has often focused critically on some of the deep-set motivations of social and historical life in the Middle East and Europe. His objective in doing so is to facilitate a shift in the understanding of contemporary film practice from the national and regional to the more trans-national. He produces films that explore how political, cultural, and scientific systems change the ways we think about the world around us.

Ramadan has studied at Edinburgh College of Art, has a master degree in architecture and a diploma in documentary film production. Working between Europe and the Middle East, he has occupied a variety of positions such as adviser and curator for the Manifesta Foundation, Amsterdam, the Finnish Art Council, the Danish Art Council, Norway Residency Program, and the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art (NIFCA).


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