“Yucef Merhi has an impressive record as a border-crosser, a path-breaker, and hacker-extraordinaire..."
William Uricchio, Founder of MIT Open Documentary Lab
OPEN, Yucef Merhi's most recent solo show at The Bonnier Gallery captures the far-reaching consequence of his orbit around contemporary culture. From data hacking as social protest against totalitarianism and police brutality, to his vision called Retrocycling that rescues and reuses obsolete tech devices; and from the creation of a universal language to digital interventions that make poems come alive; this exhibition enables viewers to have a mind and heart-expanding encounter with art and language.
The gallery show presents 15 works, from five different series that map out his creative diaspora within the last 20 years. “Language is the unifying element in all of my works. Our entire culture is guided and sustained by language. With language we define and create our reality. It can be a prism or a prison” says Yucef Merhi.
“This new show will allow people to experience digital art that is of substance, as opposed to the speculative NFTs that seem to dominate that conversation,” says Grant Bonnier, the curator of this show and owner of the Gallery. “Yucef Merhi has packed the equivalent of several lifetimes leading up to this critical mid-career point of his trajectory,” adds Bonnier. “Merhi is poised at the leading edge of the technology and art.”