Ali El-Darsa

April 18, 2024

Screening of The Image Remains the Same
Day 2 Program

With films by Renata Poljak & Bouchra Khalili
Art Explora Museum Boat, Venice, Italy

17:00 –19:00
The forces that push from beneath the surface

Conversation between curator Amanda Abi Khalil and artists Mounira Al Solh (Lebanese Pavilion), Ali El-Darsa and Nathalie Harb. The conversation will be followed by the unveiling of a commissioned work for the museum boat journey by artist Akram Zaatari.

Art Explora Museum Boat
Riva Sette Martiri, Venice, Italy

Official Opening
April 20, 2024 / 18:30–11:30

On the occasion of the 60th Venice Biennale, Art Explora, TBA21 and LAS Art Foundation are pleased to invite you to a great Ocean Evening.

TBA21–Academy’s Ocean Space
Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Castello 5069

The Image Remains the Same
4K Video, Color, Stereo, 18m27s
English and Arabic with English subtitles, 2023

A collage of personal and public accounts, The Image Remains the Same contemplates water as an allegory of journeys filled with desire, belonging, hope, and demise stretching from the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles to the Mediterranean Sea, specifically the El-Mina port of Tripoli, where Ali El-Darsa speaks to locals about emigration from the shores of Tripoli to Europe.

Links and Flyers

Full Venice Program
Screening Program (Day 2)


Former Exhibitions & Screenings
Mar. 3, 2024 / Footprints of the Forgotten: Video Works on Immaterial Archives, LA FilmForum, Los Angeles
Oct. 14, 2023 / Räume mit Aussicht, Kunsthaus Mitte, Berlin

The Image Remains the Same has been made possible through support from The Department for Culture & Social Cohesion (The cultural exchange stipend of the federal state of Berlin) & the Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V.

Video still from The Image Remains the Same, 2023.
Ali El-Darsa works in moving image, performance, sound and installation. His work examines structures of belonging in transnational contexts, emphasizing the specificity of time-based media’s significance to creating networked, mediated memories and narratives. His interdisciplinary research in performance opens onto fields of text, word, sign and languages, questioning collaboratively the ways in which language influences thought systems and, by extension, the discourses and interpretations of a work of art, both in its matter and metaphorical sense. It approaches the notion of communication through its means, methods and media, whether oral, written or coded; through the transmission of customary, historical or contemporary stories.

El-Darsa lives in Berlin. He holds a Master of Visual Studies from the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. His work has been internationally exhibited.


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