Plot for a possible resurrection
- Sun-dried mud bricks, bones, archaeological pieces, water
- Variable sizes
- Courtesy of the artist
The placement of the archaeological object is central in the work of Ali Cherri. It raises questions about the choice of objects shown in museums because it is not trivial and indicates the vision that each culture wishes to give to its history, what trace we preserve from the past.
With Plot for a Possible Resurrection, Ali Cherri creates a space of archaeological excavations where objects are revealed showing traces of erosion. Mud serves to cultivate crops for its richness, but also engulfs everything during cataclysms. It is this mud that occupies the exhibition space and exposes some objects that it has imprisoned within. Nature always takes over and therefore, the objects transformed by man erode. The cut stone becomes stone again, the soil becomes mud again.
Although the silver mines of Melle had been forgotten for several centuries, then were rediscovered, Ali Cherri was interested in the formation of layers of limestone and stalactites that the penetration of water formed on the stone rubble left by the miners. These natural marks of the passage of time and of the victory of nature over human interventions were sources of inspiration for the work Plot for a Possible Resurrection that becomes part of this biennial as a mirror of the mines.
Ali Cherri is a video and visual artist based in Beirut and Paris.
His recent solo exhibitions include Somniculus at Jeu de Paume, Paris and CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux (2017); Tretyakov Gallery Moscow (Sep. 2017); Galerie Imane Farès (Oct. 2017); Jönköpings läns museum, Sweden (2017); Sursock Museum, Beirut (2016).read more