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Ali Cherri

Artist

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.

Selected Artworks

Terracotta statue representing a sphinx, Nok Civilization (500 BCE approx.) head of a roe deer in taxidermy (1950) - 36 x 13 cm

Head in marble, 18th century; wood

Five etchings- 30 x 23 cm (each)

Installation comprised of mud bricks, a stone Jesus Christ Resurrection statue, 15th century, a wooden statue of Jesus Christ (damaged face), 15th century

Four photographs - one frame - 53 x 170 cm

Installation comprised of a tree trunk, animal bones,grafting mastic, hand-drawn canvas and wood.

Two pre-Columbian poporo - Alto Magdalena, Colombia, Anthropomorphic pre-columbian vase - Chancay, Peru Animal bones - 10-12th century

Series of 4 lithographs 105 x 74,5 x 3,5 cm (each)

Installation comprised of crow wings, bamboo, wood and ropes

HD video, colour, sound 14’ 40’’

Past Exhibitions