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Abir Boukhari & Muhammad Ali


We are delighted to host curator Abir Boukhari (SE/SY) and artist Muhammad Ali (SE/SY) for a residency at Filmverkstaden!

Abir Boukhari is a curator and director of Syria’s first centre for contemporary art, AllArtNow , which she co-founded with artist Nisrine Boukhari in 2005.

A platform for contemporary art in Syria, AllArtNow develops artistic collaborations and supports young artists in developing and producing their works. Previously Boukhari was the director of the Living Spaces Festival for Contemporary Arts, artistic director of Studio, an informal school for contemporary art in Syria, and co-founder of the Boukhari House for Artist Residences and the Maktab Creative Zone in Damascus. She has worked as a freelance curator since 2006, curating exhibitions for, among others, Taksim Gallery (Istanbul); Arab Short Festival (Cairo); Les Instants Festival (Marseille) and Gotham Arts Studios (Western Australia). Due to the war it became increasingly difficult to run AllArtNow in Damascus. Since 2015 Abir has lived in Sweden, where she has realised several exhibitions and collaborations, including curating the contemporary art in the ongoing exhibition Aswat: Syrian Voices at the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg, featuring five contemporary artists from Syria.

Muhammad Ali is a Syrian artist based in Sweden since 2016. Ali employs a multi-disciplinary approach in his artistic practice, which spans video, installation, digital art, painting and drawing and explores how meanings are constructed and understood. He often focuses on life as he blurs the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness. He graduated from the Painting Department at the faculty of Fine Art in Damascus. Muhammad’s work has been exhibited in many countries and venues, such as AllArtNow Syria; Kalmar konstmuseum, Sweden; Bornholms konstmuseum, Denmark; Pori Art Museum, Finland; Jönköpings läns museum, Sweden; Scope Art, New York. He has been artist-in-residence at Botkyrka konsthall, Sweden; the Delfina Foundation, London and at Iaspis Stockholm.

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