Ali Cherri

ARTIST Ali Cherri

Video / Installation / Photography
Born in 1976 in Beirut, Lebanon
Lives and works in Paris and Beirut


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.



Collections – Selection


CNAP, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France

FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, Marseille, France

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

Saradar Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon

Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Barjeel Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

MACBA, Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelone, Espagne

Major exhibitions


But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise, Curator: Sara Raza, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan, Italy
MAC International Prize, The MAC, Belfast, Dublin
Habiter la Méditerranée, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia, Spain


Dénaturé, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France
Mondes Flottants, 14th Lyon Biennial, curated by : Emma Lavigne, Lyon, France
Anarchéologie, curated by Marcella Lista, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
From Fragment to Whole, Jönköping County Museum, Jönköping, Sweden
Programme Satellite 10: Somniculus, CAPC, Bordeaux and Jeu de Paume, Paris, France


A Taxonomy of Fallacies: The Life of Dead Objects, Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon
Matérialité de l’Invisible, l’archéologie de sens, Centquatre, Paris, France


Lest The Two Seas Meet, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland


Songs of Loss and Songs of Love, curated by: Sam Bardaouil et Till Fellrath, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, South Korea


Film Programme, Tate Modern, London, UK


Mapping Subjectivity, MoMA, New York


Beirut Ô Beirut, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


Out of Beirut, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK


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