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?’"

1982 born in Sana'a, Yemen and lives in Berlin, Germany.

Salwa Aleryani holds a BA in graphic design from the University of Petra in Amman, Jordan, and an MFA in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, USA.

Salwa's installations represent a critical archaeology of public spaces which also takes into account its vulnerability and need for protection. Her works focus on the interdependency, interaction and modification of these spaces and of their infrastructure both in a physical and a socio-cultural sense. Salwa explores places, structures and rituals of belonging by taking every-day objects and materials out of their context and rearranging them in novel ways in her installations.

In 2009, she received a Fulbright Scholarship before taking part in the Home Workspace Program in Beirut, Lebanon, in 2014. Previously, she was an artist-in-residence at the foundation Dar Al Ma‘Mûn in Marrakesh, Morocco, and at Art Omi. Exhibitions in which she participated include the Biennale Jogja XII, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; The Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and Altitude at Sana'a National Museum, Sana'a, Yemen. As a grant holder of KfW Stiftung, Frankfurt on Main, she also took part in the International Studio Programme at the cultural centre Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

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