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Ali Cherri

Pipe Dreams

Installation vidéo | dv | couleur | 5:20 | France, Liban | 2011

A memorable phone call between the Syrian cosmonaut Muhammed Faris (part of a Russian space mission) and the late president Hafez al-Assad. In a face-to-face between a PVM monitor and a pocket projector, the installation combines archival images, images from the current Syrian uprising and constructed images. Two moments in the history of contemporary Syria that echo the situation across all Arab countries: a memorable phone call between the Syrian cosmonaut Muhammed Faris who was part of the Russian mission to the Mir Space Station and the late president Hafez al-Assad, and the removal of the statue of Assad by the Syrian government to prevent its destruction by the demonstrators.

Born in Beirut in 1976, Ali Cherri is a visual artist and designer working with video, installation, performance, multimedia and print. His recent exhibition includes Bad Bad Images, solo show at Galerie Imane Farès (2012), Dégagements, Institut du Monde Arabe (2012), Exposure, Beirut Art Center (2011), Southern Panorama, VideoBrasil (2011), Beirut, Kunsthalle Vienna (2011) and A Fleur de Peau, solo show at Gallery Regard Sud (2011). Ali is a graduate in Graphic Design from the American University in Beirut (2000). In parallel to his design work, he finished his Master Degree in Performing Arts at DasArts (Amsterdam - 2005).