Ali Cherri: Humble and quiet and soothing as mud
SI presents Humble and quiet and soothing as mud, Ali Cherri’s first solo exhibition in the United States, which pivots on mud as the primordial material of civilization in creation myths, cultural artifacts and ecology.
From ancient Sumerian mythology to Jewish folklore, Maori and Chinese creation myths to Hindu and Yoruba cosmogony, humankind has time and again been narrativized as originating from mud. Houses, pots, and other vessels made from clay were instrumental to the beginnings of societies, as they were used for cooking, heating and gathering food. It is from the aqueous solution covering the Earth, where water and soil met, that the first single-
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On the first floor of Humble and quiet and soothing as mud, a newly commissioned sculptural installation is fleetingly animated by a choreography of moving lights, retelling the myth of Gilgamesh in a scene surrounding the fabled figure with other characters from the epic poem. In Mesopotamian mythology, Gilgamesh’s rival-
Featured on the second floor is Cherri’s three-
Swiss Institute gratefully acknowledges the Ali Cherri Exhibition Circle: Carla Chammas, Galerie Imane Farès, Sami Khalifé, M.D., Laura Lati, and Elisa Nuyten.
This exhibition is organized by Stefanie Hessler, Director, and Alison Coplan, Senior Curator and Head of Programs.
Ali Cherri (b. Beirut, Lebanon) is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Paris. His work has recently been exhibited at the 15th Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah (2023); the 5th Kochi-
Guillaume Dénervaud: Ozoned Station
SI is pleased to present Ozoned Station, an exhibition by Guillaume Dénervaud (b. 1987, Fribourg, Switzerland). Dénervaud’s works are often composed in dense, though congruous, arrangements of ambiguous motifs that evoke plant matter, machine parts or cellular structures. Anchored by a sequence of gateway-
Techniques of worldbuilding used in fantasy and science fiction films and literature, including the works of Mark von Schlegell, Renee Gladman and Hayao Miyazaki, are of interest to Dénervaud, whose paintings and drawings often allude to the transfer of energy and the development of life forms, or what life might regenerate following catastrophe. To develop these bio-
The exhibition invites visitors to linger and gaze into its kaleidoscopic networks, each of which possesses a harmony that suggests dreamy inertia. People rarely appear in Dénervaud’s work and when they do, they are usually suspended within the apparatus depicted. In Ozoned Station, each painting presents an opportunity to be subsumed by unfamiliar cycles of growth.
This exhibition is organized by Daniel Merritt, former SI Curator and Head of Residencies.
Guillaume Dénervaud (b. 1987, Fribourg, Switzerland) lives and works in Paris. He studied at the École des arts appliqués, Geneva and at HEAD, Geneva. Dénervaud’s solo shows include Surv’eye, Centre D’édition Contemporary (CEC), Geneva (2021); Inversens Clinic, Alienze, Lausanne (2019); and Spectrolia Corporation, Hard Hat, Geneva (2018). Group exhibitions include La main-
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Exhibition 13 September 2023 -
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