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Born 1974, Damascus SY
lives and works in Canada - Syria

·         Buthayna Ali's work focuses on her' milieu and its inconsistencies'.
She uses abstraction to bring her audience closer to the work and in order to create opportunities for audience interactions.
Thematically, she focuses on 'contradictions by getting closer to the society and its states, as well as its concerns and inconsistencies.' Using images, signs and objects, she critiques the socio-political dimensions of imposed cultural conventions.

New vision Arab contemporary art in the 21st century  2010

After studying Fine Arts at the University of Damascus, Syria, Buthayna moved to Paris for her graduate studies to obtain a Diploma in painting from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts of Paris (ENSB-A) along with a Masters degree (DEA) in History of Islamic Art from Paris IV Sorbonne, Paris.

Buthayna Ali has been a Professor on the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Damascus, Syria since 2001.

She has recently exhibited her work in:
Ca' Corner della Regina - Fondazione Prada - Venice (IT), The Art of Writing -Pictures are written - Wiesbaden (DE) 2011, Told, Untold, Retold - Arab Museum of Modern Art - Doha (QA), Sharing Waters sauna meets hamam - Istanbul (TR), Arabicity - Beirut (LB) 2010, The Other Shadow of the City - Jerusalem (PS), Taswir - Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity, Martin-Gropius-Bau - Berlin (DE), Bastakia Art Fair - Dubai, (UAE) 2009, 11th Cairo Biennial (EG), Glow   Festival - Eindhoven (NL)Traversées ArtParis (FR) 2008, Darat AlFunun - Amman (JO), 10th Istanbul Biennale (TR) , Sexy Souks in Point Ephémère - Paris (FR) 2007, Alrywak Gallery - Damascus (SY) 2006, Brunei Gallery - London (UK) 2004, Atassi Gallery - Damascus (SY) 2003, National Museum - Damascus (SY) 2002

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