Salim Bayri

MA, 1992
  • resident
    • 2019 – 2021

Artist statement

Salim Bayri, while making clay sculptures, hangs out in obsolete online chatrooms where strangeness, blasphemy, and pulling each other’s leg are common practice. As a polyglot, Bayri is able to enter many of the different rooms where diasporas gather.

His alter ego “Sad Ali,” short for Sad Alien, reflects this approach. Sad Ali is a silent character with a translucent body – he explores but is not a participant. Floating between scenes he is granted a fluidity that cannot be pinned down.

In his studio, Bayri trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu together with other residents twice a week. He wonders how both wrestling and clay relate to the feeling of being sandwiched between a disenchanted technocracy and exciting belief systems.

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