Ali Cherri is a visual artist and filmmaker born in Beirut and based in Paris. Combining film, video, sculpture and installation, his work questions the construction of historical narratives. Ali was Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in London (2021/2022) and the Silver Lion winner at the 59th Venice Biennale Arte (2022) for his installation Of Men and Gods and Mud. He was recipient of Harvard University’s Robert E. Fulton Fellowship, and the Rockefeller Foundation Residency Award. His short films have screened widely at festivals internationally and he has held solo exhibitions in the United States as well as working towards opening the exhibition Dreamless Night at GAMeC (Bergamo) and an upcoming exhibition at the Fondation Giacometti (Paris).
Past and present infuse each other with strange energy across films that capture people and places at the borders of transformation. As the sun sets on ancient ruins a shutter opens and closes, and a light in the distance reflects on the glass of a soldier’s lonely watchtower.