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Ali Buthayna

Exhibits at Beirut Exhibition Center

Buthayna Ali was born in Damascus, in 1974. After studying Fine Arts at the University of Damascus, Syria, she moved to Paris for her graduate studies to obtain a Diploma in painting from the Superior National School of Fine Arts of Paris (ENSB-A) along with a Masters degree (DEA) in History of Islamic Art from Paris IV Sorbonne University, Paris.
Buthayna Ali's work focuses on her' milieu and its inconsistencies'.


She uses abstraction to bring her audience closer to the work and in order to create opportunities for audience interactions.
Thematically, she focuses on 'contradictions by getting closer to the society and its states, as well as its concerns and inconsistencies.' Using images, signs and objects, she critiques the socio-political dimensions of imposed cultural conventions.
Buthayna Ali is currently teaching painting at the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Damascus, Syria. Besides her academic commitments, Buthayna practices her own art.


In all her installation works, she focuses on the contradiction of her milieu; one can strongly sense her desire of getting closer to the society, its states, its concerns, its inconsistencies. She had recently exhibited her work in Collective exhibition Marionette (Sexy Souks in Point Ephémère) Paris, France (2007), in Collective exhibition in Europe art exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland (2006),We in the Alrywak Gallery, Damascus, Syria (2006), Collective exhibition in Brunei Gallery, London, UK (2004), Promises in Atassi Gallery, Damascus, Syria (2003),Tent in the National Museum, Damascus, Syria, (2002)
Recent exhibitions and performances include "Arabicity: Such a Near East", curated by Rose Issa Projects at the Bluecoat Art Centre, Liverpool (3 July - 5 September); three installations ("Collapse", "Contingency" and "Horizons") at the Images Festival, Copenhagen; “Contingency”(an 8-minute, 4-channel sound installation in collaboration with Basel Abbas), at Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2010); “Collapse” (a 9-minute, single-channel sound and video installation with Basel Abbas) at Cinema Now, Cambridge Film Festival (2009) and the Delfina Foundation, London (2009); “Ramallah Syndrome” (a 13-minute, 6-channel sound installation with Basel Abbas, Sandi Hillal and Alessandro Petti), at the 3rd Jerusalem Show, Al-Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem (2009), the Palestinian Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); and “Ramallah Syndrome” (a 40-minute live audio-visual performance with Basel Abbas) at the S.A.L.E., 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) and the 3rd Riwaq Biennale, Bier Zeit, Palestine (2009).

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