Ali Cherri

Ali Cherri portrait © The National Gallery
Ali Cherri portrait © The National Gallery

Lives and works in Paris and Beirut.

Ali 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 (Frac Bretagne, 2024 ; 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 22nd Biennial Secs Videobrasil (2023), the 15th Sharjah Biennial (2023), the 5th Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India, 2022), the Venice Biennial (2022), Manifesta 13 (Marseille, 2020), the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art (Ekaterinburg, 2019), the 8th Melle International Biennial of Contemporary Art (Melle, 2018), and the 13th Sharjah Biennial (2017). He received the Robert E. Fulton Fellowship from Harvard University (2016), the Rockefeller Foundation Prize (2017), and was nominated for the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2018). In 2022, he received the Silver Lion for his participation in the Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition, The Milk of Dreams.

His work is included in many leading collections: National Gallery (London), British Museum (London), Art Jameel (Dubai), Centre Pompidou (Paris), MACBA (Barcelona), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Sharjah Art Foundation, Sursock Museum (Beirut).