The Book of Mud is a manifesto, a reverie, a story of the material imagination of earth and water. From floods and deluges to droughts and water scarceness, mud is the materialization of the aquatic reality of our world. Neither land nor water, and yet it is also both, mud embodies an in-between state and as such is a rich breeding ground not simply for practical resources, but also for the imagination. The Book of Mud is a book of memory. Of the past and the way it inscribes itself physically: eroding, shaping, reforming, becoming itself through upheaval and destruction. Mud is the vessel and the water within; it is the brick that roots us to place and home and the river that carries us to exploration elsewhere.
Ali Cherri is a video and visual artist.
His recent solo exhibitions include Somniculus at Jeu de Paume, Paris and CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux (2017); Dénaturé at Galerie Imane Farès (2017); From Fragments to Whole at Jönköpings läns museum, Sweden (2017); Taxonomy of Fallacies Sursock Museum, Beirut (2016). His work has been exhibited in several international exhibitions, among them Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan (2018) Centre Pompidou – Paris (2017); Lyon Biennial (2017); Le MACVAL, France (2017); Guggenheim New York (2016); MAXXI, Rome (2017); Aichi Triennial, Japan (2016), Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Italy (2016); Le Centquatre Paris (2016); Sharjah Art Foundation (2016), MACBA, Spain (2015); Warsaw Museum of Modern Art, Poland (2015); Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Spain (2015); Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea (2014). He’s the recipient of Harvard University’s Robert E. Fulton Fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Award and The Abraaj Group Art Prize.
His films have been shown in International Film Festivals including CPH:DOX (winner of NewVision Award); New Directors/New Films MoMA NY; Cinéma du Réel, Centre Pompidou; Dubai International Film Festival (winner Best Director); VideoBrasil (Southern Panorama Award); Berlinale; Toronto International Film Festival & San Francisco International Film Festival amongst others.