Dates: May 13, 2016 – September 19, 2016

Location: Sursock Museum


Ali Cherri: A Taxonomy of Fallacies: The Life of Dead Objects


What stories do objects tell? How do ancient artefacts relate to contemporary cultures and value systems?

Using material gathered from archaeological digs, wildlife parks, and auction houses around the world, this new body of work by Ali Cherri raises important and timely questions regarding the value we place on historical artefacts, their complicity in fuelling conflict, and our complicity in their life and death.

To mark the opening of his exhibition, A Taxonomy of Fallacies: The Life of Dead Objects, Ali Cherri will be in conversation with the Sursock Museum’s Head of Programs and Exhibitions Nora Razian on Thursday 12 May, from 19:00 to 20:00. The discussion will focus on Cherri’s new body of work investigating the relationship between the construction of historical narratives and the market-driven circulation of archeological artifacts.

Ali Cherri (b. 1976 Beirut) is a visual artist working across film, installation, and print. Recent exhibitions include But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise, Guggenheim New York (2016), The Time is Out of Joint, Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE (2016), Desires and Necessities, MACBA, Spain (2015), Lest the Two Seas Meet, Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (2015), Mare Medi Terra, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Spain (2015), and Songs of Loss and Songs of Love, Gwangju Museum of Art, South Korea (2014).

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