Ali El-Darsa, born in Beirut, Lebanon, lives and works between Berlin and Montréal. He holds a Master of Visual Studies (MVS Studio) from Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Intermedia/Cyberarts from Concordia University, Montréal.
Recent solo exhibitions and performances include: Hellerau European Centre for the Arts Dresden (Germany), Dazibao Gallery (Montréal), "Entr’acte" at Hart House (Toronto); "Standing Still" at Darling Foundry (Montréal). Select group exhibitions and screenings include: Imago Mundi collection of the Luciano Benetton Foundation at Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa (Palermo), "Bitasarof" at the Lebanese National Library (Beirut), "Complex Social Change" at Doris McCarthy Gallery (Toronto), Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (Kassel); Brooklyn Film Festival (New York); "(In)formal disclosures" at Access Gallery (Vancouver); Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen (Montpellier); Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival (Toronto); Festival Les Ecrans Documentaires (Paris) and the Theatre Centre (Toronto).
My work in video, sound, installation, performance and printmaking, deals with issues of identity, concepts of the self and personal histories – examined within the margins of public and private structures. My interdisciplinary research in performance often manifests in forms of happenings, durational and gestural, endurance and site-specific works. Language plays an important part in my work as a medium of examination, re-examination, mediation and reflection and often questions the specificity of media at hand and their crucial part in creating networked, mediated memories and narratives.