Artist Ali Kaaf

Photo: Dave Grossmann, 2014, Berlin

Born in 1977 in Oran, Algeria, to Syrian parents, Ali Kaaf graduated in fine arts in Beirut, Lebanon, and continued his studies at University of Arts (UdK, Universität der Künste) in Berlin under the supervision of Professors Marwan Kassab Bachi and Rebecca Horn. His works have been exhibited internationally in solo exhibitions, the most recent being “Fragile Strength” at Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana, USA. He has participated in “Taswir – Islamische Bildwelten und Moderne” (“Taswir – Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity”) at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin and other group shows in Damascus, Rome, Beirut and Amman. He was awarded with the Young Collectors for MAXXI and the DAAD-Preis assigned by UdK.

Ali Kaaf works with glass, paper and photography. The main themes of his works are erosion and resistance. In his art, Ali Kaaf ties together his personal experiences in Syria, Beirut, Berlin, and the United States. His work draws inspiration from antiquity, while simultaneously permitting a very contemporary political reading. Kaaf uses elemental means, like heat and light, to carve a space in darkness.