Ali Kaaf

“Ali Kaaf shows the absence of what has been burned. The landscape he summons up before our eyes is a landscape of ruins.

At the same time, it is also a landscape of rebellion, a site whose substance revives immediately and whose energy, one could say, lives on in spite of the rifts, as if a bird with broken wings were to rise up and fly.”

Doris von Drathen

Ali Kaaf, Rift M III, 2016
Ali Kaaf, Rift M III, 2016
Ink and Burning on Paper 150 x 110 cm Copyright and Courtesy of the Artist
Ali Kaaf, Rift, 2014
Ali Kaaf, Rift, 2014
Ink and Burning on Paper 55 × 75 cm; copyright and courtesy of the artist

Ali Kaaf

Born 1977 in Oran, Algeria, of Syrian parents, lives and works in Berlin

Selected solo exhibitions

2015 Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

2014 Scherben Mantra, Bomb Gallery, Mostar, Bosnia

2013 Mihrab, Moontower Foundation, Bad König-Zell, Germany, catalogue

2013 Paper and Glass, Salon Neucologne, Berlin

2012 Hollowing Light, Custer Country Art & Heritage Center, Miles City, USA

2012 Fragile Strength, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, USA

2010 Gubar, Gallery Rafia, Damascus

2009 Eclipse, Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Rome

2008 Der schwarze Garten, Galerie Sakamoto Contemporary, Berlin

2007 Schwarz, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

2006 Discovery Planet, in collaboration with Solidere, Beirut

2006 Khan Ashad-Bacha, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Damascus

2005 ArteEast Virtual Gallery, New York

2004 Aswad, Darat al Funun, Amman

Selected group exhibitions


2014  RISS, C&K unterwegs Galerie, Berlin

2014 Be my guest, Galerie E.G.P, Paris

2014 Kunststoff Syrien 2014, Forum Factory, Berlin

2014 KWER – Magazin der Abstraktion, do you read me?, Berlin

2014 Scherben Mantra, official selection, Alfilm – Arab Filmfestival, Berlin

2013 Syrian Diaries, Korridor No. 33, Kopenhagen, Denmark

2013 SyriArt, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

2012 MiArt, Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Milano

2012 Rebecca Horn and Friends, Contemporary Art Museum, Maribor, Slovenia

2012 Arrivi e Partenze 2012, Mole Vanvitilliana, Ancona, Italy

2011 Art Fair Bologna, Galleria Marie-Laure Fleisch, Bologna

2010 Spiegel im Spiegel, Kunstverein Oberer Neckar, Horb am Neckar, Germany

2012 Glass Works, Global Health Equity Foundation, San Francisco

2009-10 Taswir: Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity, Martin Gropius Bau Museum, Berlin

2009 Ode, Kommunale Galerie, Berlin

2008 Rites of Passage, Galerías Maior, Pollença, Spain

2007 Flowing Time, Galerie Schüppenhauer, Cologne

2007 Back and Forth 01, Villa Grisebach Gallery, Berlin

2007 Château Ivre, Schloss Sacrow, Berlin

2005 House in the Body, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

2003 Durchzug im Löwenpalais, Stiftung Starke, Löwenpalais, Berlin