Yazan Khalili and the Palestinian collective The Question Of Funding will exhibit at documenta fifteen, in Germany, as one of fourteen lumbung members selected by the exhibition's Artistic Direction ruangrupa. Together with 53 lumbung artists and their invited participants they activate Kassel throughout the 100 days of documenta fifteen.

The Question of Funding is a growing collective of cultural producers and community organizers from Palestine. By producing, documenting, accumulating, and disseminating resources, experience, and knowledge with their wider community, it aims to rethink the economy of funding and how it affects cultural production both in Palestine and the world.

The collective was formed in 2019 by a group of individuals, including represented artist Yazan Khalili, engaged in different facets of the cultural sector, from working for non-governmental cultural institutions dependent on international funding (such as Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center, Grassroots Al-Quds, and the Popular Art Center) and foundations and cultural centers (including Al-Basta Theatre, Dalia Association, and Rawa Fund), to practicing as independent practitioners.

In the context of documenta fifteenThe Question of Funding is creating a communal economic model that combines trust and zero trust systems based on blockchain technologies. It will also co-curate an exhibition with Gazan artist collective Eltiqa; host events and workshops with several local grassroots organizations based in Kassel; publish illustrated books that narrate the alternative economy it aims to build in Palestine; and create a website to serve as an interactive repository for the growing documentation, dialogues, and thinking processes engaged by the collective.

June 18, 2022