Ali Kaaf




In the first episode of the Hiwar podcast, we speak to the Syrian artist Ali Kaaf about his art's philosophical and technical dimensions.

The episode was recorded on September 19, 2023. It is prepared and presented by Reham Kannout Alrefaie.

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About the artist:

Born in 1977 in Oran, Algeria, Ali Kaaf graduated from the Institut des Beaux-Arts in Beirut and continued his studies at Universität der Künste in Berlin under the supervision of professors Marwan Kassab Bachi and Rebecca Horn.

Ali is drawn to different mediums and techniques. Through painting, sculpture, video, and installation, he expresses philosophical ideas and reflections on concepts such as presence and absence, matter and space, cultural heritage, and artistic identity.

Ali's works are in collections of Arab and international museums and art institutions, and he has numerous solo and group exhibitions and artistic residencies.

Links mentioned in the episode:

- Artist Ali Kaaf’s website

- Golan Haji's essay on Ali's work in Aljumhuriya Magazine, 2022

- Doris Von Drathen article about the artist in the German magazine Kunstforum.

- Link to the artist's monography book

‪Hiwar is a podcast in Arabic by the Atassi Foundation for Arts and Culture. It’s a series of interviews in Arabic with Syrian artists, curators, and researchers interested in Syrian modern and contemporary art. ‫

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