Ali Cherri’s monograph Dreams of a Dreamless Night 

Ali Cherri’s monograph Dreams of a Dreamless Night 

Fondazione In Between Art Film

Ali Cherri’s monograph Dreams of a Dreamless Night. Courtesy of Fondazione In Between Art Film.

February 13, 2024
Ali Cherri’s monograph Dreams of a Dreamless Night

Fondazione In Between Art Film is delighted to announce the publication of the first institutional monograph dedicated to the multimedia practice of artist and director Ali Cherri. Its aim is to highlight the constellation of ideas, themes, and formal concerns running through his most recent, highly significant projects.

Edited by Alessandro Rabottini and Leonardo Bigazzi with Bianca Stoppani, this publication provides an overview of the artist’s output over the past three years, and teases out new strands for interpretation and formal links between his films, videos, sculptures, drawings, and installations.

Originated on the occasion of Dreamless Night, a comprehensive solo exhibition held first at GAMeC in Bergamo, and now on view at Frac Bretagne in Rennes until May 19, 2024, the book showcases a number of newly commissioned essays that reflect on Cherri’s most recent exhibition projects. This publication is made possible thanks to the support of Galerie Imane Farès.

Starting from the documentation of Dreamless Night, the book also illustrates Humble and quiet and soothing as mud, the exhibition at Swiss Institute in New York in 2023; his participation at Biennale Arte 2022 in Venice; and If you prick us, do we not bleed?, the exhibition staged at the National Gallery in London following his residency at the museum in 2021. Each exhibition is also extensively illustrated by a visual essay conceived by the artist, encompassing not only the installation views but also images from the development and production stages.

Alessandro Rabottini and Leonardo Bigazzi, curators of the exhibition Dreamless Night at GAMeC in Bergamo and at Frac Bretagne in Rennes, expand their curatorial contribution to the exhibition with an essay that explores Cherri’s new film The Watchman and the series of sculptures and drawings based on the scenes and characters in the film. The exhibition was the first instantiation of Unison, a biennial initiative by Fondazione In Between Art Film that has the aim to conceive, commission, and produce major video installations for the benefit of international institutions.

A wide-ranging conversation between the artist, Lorenzo Giusti, director of GAMeC, and Étienne Bernard, director of Frac Bretagne, affords a unique opportunity to delve deeper into Cherri’s personal experiences, the complex history and role of museums, and the geographies of violence that inform his work.

Cecilia Alemani explores the presentation of Cherri’s film Of Men and Gods and Mud at The Milk of Dreams, the exhibition she curated for Biennale Arte 2022, where Cherri was awarded the Silver Lion for Promising Young Artist; Stefanie Hessler, director of Swiss Institute in New York, contributes with an essay on the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States; and Priyesh Mistry, associate curator of Modern and Contemporary Projects at the National Gallery in London, investigates the artist’s commission that explored the histories of trauma.

Erika Balsom, reader in Film Studies at King’s College in London, retraces Cherri’s poetics through his films and aesthetic strategies, which look at the survival of people, objects, and the environment despite the ruinous damage wrought by reality.

The book also features a reprint of a text by Stefan Tarnowski, early-career research fellow in AMES and Social Anthropology at Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, on The Dam, Cherri’s feature-length film that was presented at the Quinzaine des Cinéastes 2022 as part of the Cannes Film Festival.

The layout of this publication is designed by Lorenzo Mason Studio and is published by Lenz Press.

The book is available now to order online via Lenz e-shop.

For international media inquiries, please contact Sam Talbot: Matthew Brown, matthew [​at​] / T +44 (0) 7989 446557

For Italian media inquiries, please contact Lara Facco P&C: Lara Facco, lara [​at​] / T +39 349 2529989; 
Claudia Santrolli, claudia [​at​] / T +39 339 7041657

Fondazione In Between Art Film was founded in Rome in October 2019 with the mission of promoting the culture of moving images and of supporting international artists, institutions, and research centers that explore the dialogue between disciplines and the boundaries between film, video, performance, and installation. Under the guidance of its founder and president, Beatrice Bulgari, Fondazione In Between Art Film aims to contribute to the international artistic debate by furthering the role and potential of moving images in our time.

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