What is your definition of dialogue? Do you find it difficult to have a dialogue? Have you ever thought about an object or magical tool that makes dialogue easier? Three questions were asked to a group of Syrian people through video interviews the artist recorded with them, as an experimental work to observe the concept of dialogue from different perspectives, the various and complicated solutions provoked her to simplify each concept by embodying it through an object or tool which is not necessarily logical or functional. Childish expressions imagined by the interviewed people and tools to enable communication in their opinion: an embodiment of her attempt to create manifestations of dialogue and individual visions of each one being interviewed.
Rula Ali was born in Qamishly, Syria, in 1981 and lives in Berlin. She took her BA in English Literature at the University of Damascus in 2011, and in Sculpture at the Walid Ezzat Institute for Art in Damascus. Since then she has been living in Berlin and has participated in several exhibitions, workshops and teaching projects. She also worked for the Syria Untold website, archiving the creative and civil resistance movement in Syria.
“I arrived in Germany at the end of 2014. From the beginning of my stay in Germany, I started to build my career as an artist – by networking, researching my new artistic identity and looking for a new artistic approach. I managed to build good connections with different cultural and art organizations in Berlin where I held several art workshops. My main focus is to highlight socio-political issues concerning discourse, diversity and borders of communication between different cultures and political systems. I use mainly, but not only, textiles and clothing conceptually as a material to express my ideas.” R.A.