Cherri’s work is inspired by artefacts and the natural world. His sculptures, drawings and installations explore the temporal shifts between ancient worlds and contemporary societies. Using archaeological artefacts as a starting point, he investigates the boundaries of ideologies that underpin the foundations of nations and the myth of national progression. His work explores the links between archaeology, historical narrative and heritage, considering the processes of excavation and relocation of cultural objects into museums.
Recent solo exhibitions include Dreamless Night (GAMeC, 2023), Humble and quiet and soothing as mud (Swiss Institute, 2023), Ceux qui nous regardent (CAC La Traverse, 2023), If you prick us, do we not bleed? (National Gallery, 2022), Return of the Beast (Imane Farès, 2021), Tales from the Riverbed (Clark House, 2018), From Fragment to Whole (Jönköping County Museum, 2018), Satellite 10: Somniculus Programme (CAPC Centre d’art contemporain de Bordeaux and Jeu de Paume, 2017), A Taxonomy of Fallacies: The Life of Dead Objects (Sursock Museum, 2016).
His work has recently been exhibited at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern (Valencia), Jameel Arts Center (Dubai), Para Site (Hong Kong), MAXXI (Rome), Centre Pompidou (Paris), the 15th Sharjah Biennale (Sharjah, 2023), the 5th Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India, 2022), the Venice Biennale (Venice, 2022), Manifesta 13 (Marseille, 2020), the 5th Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art (Ekaterinburg, 2019), the 8th Melle International Biennale of Contemporary Art (Melle, 2018), and the 13th Sharjah Biennale (2017).
He is the recipient of a Harvard University’s Robert E. Fulton Fellowship (2016) and a Rockefeller Foundation Award (2017), and was shortlisted for The Abraaj Group Art Prize (2018). In 2021, he is Artist in residence at the National Gallery, London and in 2022 participates in the International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, The Milk of Dreams, for which he received the Silver Lion for a Promising Young Participant.
His works feature in many important public collections: Art Jameel (Dubai), Musée national d’art moderne/Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), National Gallery (London), British Museum (London), MACBA (Barcelona), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Sursock Museum (Beirut)…