Biography

Installation and video artist Ali Cherri’s varied practice focuses on documenting and presenting heritage and environment in Lebanon and other Middle Eastern countries. He creates complex narratives around issues related to archaeology and cultural preservation.

Cherri’s work has been presented in a number of solo exhibitions, including Somniculus, Jeu de Paume, Paris (2017) and CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (2017); Dénaturé, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris (2017); From Fragment to Whole, Jönköpings läns Museum, Jönköping, Sweden (2017) and A Taxonomy of Fallacies, Sursock Museum, Beirut (2016). His work has also been featured in the group exhibitions Prospectif Cinema, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2018); Mondes Flottants, 14th Lyon Biennial (2017); Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbors, MAXXI, Rome (2017); But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2016); Desires and Necessities, MACBA, Barcelona (2015); Lest the Two Seas Meet, Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (2015) and Songs of Loss and Songs of Love, Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea (2014), among others.

Cherri’s work can be found in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; CNAP, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris; Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul and Sharjah Art Foundation, among others.

His films have been shown in a number of international film festivals, including New Directors/New Films, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Cinéma du Réel, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; CPH:DOX (NewVision Award), Copenhagen; Dubai International Film Festival (Best Director); VideoBrasil (Southern Panorama Award); Berlinale; Toronto International Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival.

Cherri has received the Rockefeller Foundation Award (2017), Harvard University’s Robert E. Fulton Fellowship (2016) and a Sharjah Art Foundation production grant (2014). He holds a BA in graphic design from the American University of Beirut (2000) and an MA in performing arts from DAS Graduate School, Amsterdam (2005).

Born in 1976 in Beirut, Cherri currently lives and works between Paris and Beirut.


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