Ali Cherri, our Artist in Residence, presents work that considers how histories of trauma can be explored through a response to museum and gallery collections. This exhibition, ‘If you prick us, do we not bleed?’ introduces cabinets of curiosity into the heart of the Sainsbury Wing, containing assembled fragments that might look like relics from another collection.
Ali Cherri, Photograph from the series And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?, 2021.
The Exhibition will take place in the Central Pavilion (Giardini) and in the Arsenale, including 213 artists from 58 countries; 180 of these are participating for the first time in the International Exhibition.
Titan 1, 2 & 3, 2022. © Ali Cherri
Thank you to the Jury of the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, comprising Adrienne Edwards (USA), President of the Jury, Lorenzo Giusti (Italy), Julieta González (Mexico), Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (Cameroon) and Susanne Pfeffer (Germany).
Ali Cherri is taking part in the exhbition “Orientalism, The construction of images of the Near East and of North Africa (1800-1956)” at IVAM, l’Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, cur. Rogelio López Cuenca and Sergio Rubira.
“This exhibition seeks to analyse and question some of those commonplaces in the images that were produced between the time of the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt and Syria (1798-1801) and 1956, the year when Morocco and Tunisia gained their independence. The show highlights the way in which avant-garde movements established relationships with Oriental “exoticism” in their attempt to break away from the canon of tradition.”
Ali Cherri, Hybrids (E), 2018
Eye presents a group exhibition that explores landscape with some of the Arab world’s most prominent artists who work with film and video. In this exhibition, the participating artists challenge and reshape views of the region by drawing on a host of complex and entangled issues, ranging from geography and conflict to belonging. Including works by Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou Rahme, Heba Y. Amin, Jananne Al-Ani, Ali Cherri, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Mohamad Hafeda, Larissa Sansour, Hrair Sarkissian, and Wael Shawky.
Curated by Nat Muller in collaboration with Jaap Guldemond and Marente Bloemheuvel.
Image: Ali Cherri, Trembling Landscapes, 2014. Installation view: Eye Filmmuseum © Studio Hans Wilschut
Ali Cherri participates in the collective exhibition La vie des tables at the Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, coproduced by Festival d’Automne à Paris, cur. Claire Le Restif.
“Whether in the kitchen, workshop or office, tables embody the place where intuitions take shape and are sometimes the only place where artists can work. La vie des tables pays tribute to this relationship with the “work table” – a place of refuge, play-area and obligatory passing-place.”
Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Image: Ali Cherri, La Mort dans l’âme, 2020, Photo: Marc Domage / le Crédac
Ali Cherri is taking part in the exhibition The Park: Becoming a Body of Water, one of the exhibitions of “Traits d’union.s”, the central program of Manifesta 13 Marseille.
This exhibition will look at the links between nature and culture, between human beings and other living creatures, based on the history of the two museums. The artists involved in this project are Minia Biabiany, Center for Creative Ecologies (collective composed by Isabelle Carbonell, Hannah Meszaros Martin, T. J. Demos), Ali Cherri, Peter Fend, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Amy Lien & Enzo Camacho, Reena Spaulings.
Musée des Beaux-Arts and Museum of Natural History, Marseille, France
Image: Ali Cherri, The Gatekeepers, 2020. © Jean Christophe Lett / Manifesta
Ali Cherri participates in the collective exhibition Comme un parfum d’aventure at macLYON, cur. by Marilou Laneuville and Matthieu Lelièvre.
“”With a Hint of Adventure” is an exhibition directly inspired by the recent collective, worldwide experience of confinement, which was imposed more or less simultaneously for health reasons on the majority of people on the planet. Its main thrust is an exploration of the question of travel, whether impeded or imposed, voluntary or provoked, individually or in a group, and the consequences of it for those affected. It takes the form of an investigation across history, drawing on the collections of the Lyon Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Musée d’Art Contemporain (macLYON)”
macLYON, Lyon, France
Image: Ali Cherri, The Flying Machine, 2017. Installation view: MACLyon, 2020 © Photo Blaise Adilon.
Ali Cherri is the second Artist in Residence to be chosen since the launch of the Gallery’s new Modern and Contemporary Programme, following the first appointment of Rosalind Nashashibi in 2019.
The award is a collaboration with the Contemporary Art Society, while the UK Partner Museum for this residency will be the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, marking the Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.
The videos featured in In-Between Days explore themes of isolation, confrontation, and occupation—states of being that have come to set the terms of daily life for many. Several portray solitary or paired figures engaged in moments of struggle, perseverance, or introspection. Some consider ways that historical systems of power are embedded in architecture and the land. Others depict realms of fantasy, offering moments of respite through dreamlike or abstract images.
Ali Cherri, The Digger, 2015. Installation view In-Between-Days, 2021. Photo : David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Hungry for Time developed through a collaboration with the Academy’s own expertise while taking the current decolonialism discourse in art and cultural studies into account, thereby opening up a new way of perceiving the art collections. Raqs Media Collective presents a show that apprehends time from the perspective of hunger and desire, the eponymous hunger for time. In eleven scenes this hunger for time is outlined in more detail. The scenes assemble artworks from all three of the historical collections and relate these to contemporary art, including works commissioned especially for the exhibition.
Ali Cherri, The Digger, film still.
The exhibition, designed in co-production with the Pompidou Centre, offers an unprecedented dialogue between its exceptional collections and pieces by Lebanese artists of all generations. Produced in recent years or following the tragic explosions of 4th August 2020, their works are tracing out possible paths to the future, between despair and gentleness, exiles and new anchorages.
Ali Cherri, Staring at a Thousand Splendid Suns, 2021. Photo : Tadzio