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Beirut - Paris

Galerie Imane Farès

​41, rue mazarine / 75006 paris

Ali Cherri is a visual artist and filmmaker born in Beirut and living in Paris. His sculptures, drawings and installations explore the temporal shifts between ancient worlds and contemporary societies, paying particular attention to the construction of historical narrative around ancient objects. His recent solo exhibitions include “Humble and quiet and soothing as mud” at the Swiss Institute, New York; “Dreamless Sleep” at GAMeC, Bergamo (2023); “Envisagement” at Fondation Giacometti, Paris (2024 – Forthcoming), “Ceux qui nous regardent” at CAC La Traverse, France (2023), “If you prick us do we not bleed” at The National Gallery, London and The Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry (2022). He was part of group exhibitions at Jameel Arts Center, Dubai; Para Site, Hong Kong; MAXXI Museum, Rome; Centre Pompidou, Paris, Guggenheim New York, amongst others. 

Cherri participated in the Sharjah Biennial 15; Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2022; Biennale Arte 2022; Manifesta 13, Marseille; the 5th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg, 2019. He was the 2021/2022 Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London. In 2022, he received the Silver Lion for his participation in the main exhibition of the Biennale Arte 2022, titled “The Milk of Dreams”. His first fiction feature film, “The Dam”, premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes Film Festival in 2022 and was theatrically released in France, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia and Morocco.


Photo: Boris Camaca


2023. Dreamless Night at GAMeC, Bergamo 

2023. Humble and quiet and soothing as mud at The Swiss Institute, New York 

2023. Ceux qui nous regardent at CAC La Traverse, Alfortville, France 

2022. If you prick us do we not bleed? at The National Gallery, London 

2022. If you prick us do we not bleed? at The Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry 

2019. The Breathless Forest, La Vitrine, Beirut, Lebanon

2019. Solo Show, FIAC 2019, Paris, France

2017. Dénaturé - Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France

2017. Somniculus - Jeu de Paume - Paris, France

2017. Somniculus - CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux - France

2017. From Fragment to Whole - Jönköping County Museum - Sweden

2016. A Taxonomy of Fallacies, Musée Sursock, Beirut, Lebanon

2014. Bird’s Eye View, CAP Kuwait Art Center - Kuwait

2014. On Things that Move, Galerie Imane Farès - Paris, France

2012. Bad Bad images, Galerie Imane Farès - Paris, France

2011. A fleur de peau, Galerie Regard Sud - Lyon, France


GROUP EXHIBITIONS - Presentations (selection)


Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning, 13th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea

Le vent se lève, MacVal, Val de Marne, France

Traits d’union.s, Manifesta, Marseille, France

The Gatekeepers, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, France

Trembling Landscapes, Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Comme un parfum d’aventure, Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon, France

La vie des tables, Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry - le Crédac, Ivry sur Seine, France


GAÏA Que deviens-tu ? Maison Guerlain, Paris, France

Le vent et les oiseaux m'encouragent, Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval, Hauterives, France

Water Blues, Parades for FIAC - Paris, France

Water Blues, Silencio - Paris, France

Phantom Limb, Jameel Arts Center, Dubai, UAE

Immortality, Ural Industrial Biennal, Yekaterinburg, Russia

A hymn to those that disappear, Monitor, Izmir, Turkey

La Vitrine, Beirut Art Residency, Beirut, Lebanon

Climbing Through the Tide, B7L9 Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Tunis, Tunisia

An Opera for Animal, ParaSite, Hong Kong

La Roseraie du Val-de-Marne, Commande Le MacVal, France

Liquid Horizons,, Bratislava, Slovakia

Out Off Nature, Arsenal - Berlin, Germany

Gabès Cinéma Fen, Gabès, Tunisia

Water Blues, Foaje, Bratislava, Slovakia

A Century in Flux, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE

Water Blues, B7L9, Tunis, Tunisia

Last Skies: Avian Imaginaries, Museum Volkenkunde, Leiden, Netherlands


General Rehearsal, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow Russia

Forum do Futuro, Porto, Portugal

Master Class, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, USA

Prospectif Cinema, Centre Pompidou, Paris France

Statues Also Die - Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo & Museo Egizio, Torino, Italy

Guggenheim Exhibition, Galleria d’Arte Moderna - Milan, Italy

Fast Forward Festival - Onasis Foundation, Athens, Greece

March Meetings, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

Abraaj Art Prize, Dubai, UAE

Le Grand Monnayage, 8ème biennale de Melle, France

Artist’s Talk, ThalieLab, Bruxelle, Belguim

Le Musée Imaginaire, Jaou Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia

2017 .

13th Sharjah Biennial, Act II, Fruit of sleep, Sursock Museum, Lebanon

Mondes Flottants, 14th Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France

Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbors - MAXXI Museum, Rome, Italy

Where History Begins, Void - Derry, Irland

Tous, des sang-mêlés - Le MACVAL - Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, France

Anarchéologies, Centre Pompidou, Paris France

Dust In Our Eyes, Twin Gallery, Madrid, Spain

2016 .

Rainbow Caravane - Aichi Triennial, Aichi - Japan

The End of the World, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prate Italy
But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, Guggenheim New York

THE DIGGER, New Directors/New Films, MoMA - New York, U.S.
The Time is Out of Joint, Sharjah Art Space, Sharjah, U.A.E.
THE DIGGER, Cinéma du Réel, Centre Pompidou (Competition) - Paris, France
THE DIGGER, Ann Arbor Film Festival (Competition) - Michigan, U.S.

Lest the Two Seas Meet, Gwangju Museum of Art - Gwangju, Korea

THE DIGGER, Imagine Science, NYU Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. (Scientist Award)

Matérialité de l’Invisible, Le Centquarre - Paris, France
THE DIGGER, Rotterdam International Film Festival - The Netherlands

2015 .

CPH:DOX - Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, THE DIGGER  (NEW VISON Award)

Desires and necessities New incorporations, MACBA - Barcelona, Spain

Home Works 7, Ashkal Alwan - Beirut, Lebanon

kurz / dust, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle - Warsaw, Poland

A Space is a Space is a Space, Deutsches Architektur Zentrum DAZ - Berlin, Germany

Moving Image, Malmö Konsthall, Germany

The Migrant (Moving) Image - Rotterdam, Holland

Southern Panorama, VideoBrasil - São Paulo, Brazil (Award for The Disquiet)

La città che sale / The City Rises - BID PROJECT SPACE, Milan, Italy

Bruges Triennial - Bruges, Belguim

Space Between Our Fingers - Apexart exhibition, Beirut

Lest the Two Seas Meet, Warsaw Museum of Modern Art - Poland

Mare Medi Terra Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma - Spain

The Skin Off Our Time, CACSA: Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia - Adelaide, Australia

Open Rhapsody: A Journey into Photography and Video Collections, Beirut Exhibition Center - Lebanon

Du paradis à l’enfer… Tapis volants et drones, Villa Empain - Fondation Boghossian - Brussels, Belguim

2014 .

Songs of Loss and Songs of Love, Gwangju Museum of Art - South Korea

Helsinki Photography Biennial (Commissioned project) - Helsinki, Finland

Indie-Lisboa, International Independent Film Festival (Competition) - Lisbon, Portugal

Ann Arbor Film Festival (Competition) - Michigan, USA

ZKM - Center for Art and Media - Karlsruhe, Germany

A-I-R Laboratory - Centre for Contemporary Art (Residency) - Warsaw, Poland

AFAC Film Festival - Beirut, Lebanon

Afteratlas exhibition (Georges Didi-Huberman and Arno Gisinger) - Beirut Art Center, Lenanon

2013 .

Dubai International Film Festival - UAE

Yallay Art Space, Archi-Texture - Hong Kong

VideoBrasil, Southern Panorama - São Paulo, Brazil

University of California - Santa Cruz, Unfixed Itineraries - Santa Cruz, USA

Beirut Art Center, Dream-Machine - Beirut, Lebanon

Toronto International Film Festival - Toronto, Canada

Art Gallery of South Australia, Shifting Sands - Sydney + Adelaide, Australia

International Documentary and Short Film Festival - Kosovo

Yapi Kredi Cultural Center, Transition Project - Istanbul, Turkey

Home Works 6 Exhibition, Ashkal Alwan - Beirut, Lebanon

Le Sept/Cinq, Collections / Collection - Paris, France

Alwan Film Festival - New York, USA

Art Dubai - Dubai, UAE

The Hatch, Selected artist at Art Dubai - UAE

Art Paris Art Fair - Paris, France

San Francisco International Film Festival - USA

Oberhausen International Film Festival - Germany

Berlin International Film Festival - Germany

Rotterdam International Film Festival - The Netherlands

2012 .

MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York

Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Doha, Qatar
Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
FIDMarseille, Marseille France
Beirut Art Fair, Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon
Beirut II, CAP (Contemporary Art Platfom), Kuwait
Dé Tunisie 1 an après, Institut du Monde arabe, Paris
41st Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam

2011 .

Southern Panorama, VideoBrasil – SECS, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Makan Art Space, Amman, Jordan
Beirut Ô Beirut, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Exposure, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Beirut, Kunsthalle, Vienne, Autriche
1 an déjà, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France

2010 .

Co_incidences, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France
Artist to artist 2010, The Delfina Foundation, London, UK

2009 .

Fiction in Action, Raster Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
A Fantasy For Alain Kaprow Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt

2008 .

Home Works IV: A Forum on Cultural Practices, Beirut, Lebanon
Esto no es una exposición at Huarte Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Espagne

2007 .

Pavilion of Lebanon - Venice Biennale, Italy
Port Izmir Festival, Izmir, Turkey
Beirut Stories, Majestic Petra Festival, Jordan
Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburg, UK
Festival Paris Cinéma, Paris, France
In Focus, Tate Modern, London, UK
Mostravideo, Instituto Itaú Cultural Belo Horizonte, Brazil
The Karma of War, SUNY Stony Brook, NY, U.S.A.
Image-thought, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2006 .

Out of Beirut, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK
Kunst-Werke Berlin E.V., Institute For Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Kasa Galerie, Istambul, Turkey
Dictionary of War, Munich, Germany

2005 .

Manifesta - Amsterdam, Holland
VideoBrazil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
18ème Instants Video: De la puissance de la mémoire, Soirée présentée par: magazine Bref
Video libanaise: entre fiction et réalité, Théâtre Le TARMAC de la Villette, Paris
Diskurs 05, European festival for young performing arts, Giessen, Germany
Festival des Instants Video Numériques et Poétiques, Marseille, France
Home Works III : A Forum on Cultural Practices, Beirut, Lebanon
KunstFilmBiennale Köln, Germany
Medien und Architektur Biennale Graz, Austria

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