Ali Cherri belongs to this generation of Lebanese artists born during the Civil War and whose artistic practice was greatly marked by this unstable context. After studying Graphic Design at the American University of Beirut (AUB), he received a Masters degree in Performing Arts from DasArts, Amsterdam in 2005. His polymorphous practice feeds upon, performance, cinema and art history. These multiple references show in his early videos, where his own body acts as a pivot in a refined aesthetical composition. Between 2005 and 2014, he focuses on dissecting the geopolitical situation of the Middle East, with a highly poetical visual language.
His recent projects concentrate on the place of the archaelogical object in the construction of historical narratives. This thematic change is the sign of a philosophical shift. Ali Cherri still affirms a close intimacy between poetics and politics, but isnow convinced that violence can be studied without being shown.