Salwa Aleryani

"The work Sleeper  references the recent increase in the number of roadblocks in Sana’a. Deployed with the intention of obstructing travel, in many cases the outcome is otherwise; people lounge, sit or lean against them completely at ease, sipping tea and going about their daily activities.

Undeterred by their authority, and in the absence of public rest areas, not only are people still gathering where their presence is unwelcome but they are also transforming the antagonistic function of these barriers to a more comfortable one.

A hybrid between a mattress and a roadblock, the work points to a possible dual outcome of this act of reclamation. Has the impact of roadblocks been softened or have our mattresses been hardened?’"

Born in 1982, Salwa Aleryani lives and works in Sana’a, the capital of her native Yemen. Following a BA in Graphic Design from the University of Petra in 2006, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and later received her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in the US.

Aleryani's recent work explores the intersection of the personal and the public and how the construction and use of public space contributes to the manufacturing of our public self. In 2012, she was artist in residence at the Dar Al-Ma’mûn Foundation in Marrakech, where she created the work Sleeper.

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