Ali Cherri: The Dam with Siddhartha Mitter

France/Lebanon/Sudan/Germany/Serbia/Qatar, 80m, DCP

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Screened January 6, 2024

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On the occasion of Ali Cherri: Humble and quiet and soothing as mud, please join Swiss Institute for a presentation of Cherri’s feature-length film, The Dam (2022). The program will be introduced by the New York Times art critic, Siddhartha Mitter.

“Sudan, near the Merowe dam. Maher works in a traditional brickyard fed by the waters of the Nile. Every evening, he secretly wanders off into the desert to build a mysterious construction made of mud. While the Sudanese people rise to claim their freedom, his creation starts to take a life of its own…”

Siddhartha Mitter is a freelance writer and critic. He is interested in contemporary art and civic practices locally, nationally and internationally, including in the American South and on the African continent. His work appears most frequently in the New York Times and he has contributed to many other publications within and beyond the art field.

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