Alia Ali —
Vocal Motifs

Solo show:
25 November
Extended  > 23 January

NRC in Beeld – 20 nov 2021
Elle Italy – 24 nov 2021  (Eng version upon request)
NRC Reportage – 27 nov 2021
Artsy Vanguard  – 1 dec 2021

In the three series, FLUX, MIGRATION and INDIGO, which are central to the exhibition ‘Vocal Motifs’, Ali harks back to personal experiences. Textile, the common thread in these, is a material with a lot of meaning for her.

As the daughter of a Yemeni father and Bosnian mother, Alia Ali (1985) grew up between different languages ​​and cultures, but without a permanent home. Even today, traveling and migrating are part of her existence. Being constantly on the road contributes to Ali’s choice to express herself through a universal visual language, namely her works of art.
Ali’s multimedia work, in which textiles have an important position, fits in with a number of important developments in art history that started in the last century. By bringing together materials, colours and patterns and by letting go of the two-dimensional, Ali expresses her view on themes such as language, culture and religion in her photographs in her own unique way. In this way, Ali takes her own innovative position within the existing traditions.

Opacities can coexist and converge, weaving fabrics. To understand these truly one must focus on the texture of the weave and not on the nature of its components. For the time being, perhaps, give up this old obsession with discovering what lies at the bottom of natures. […] This—here is the weave, and it weaves no boundaries.


—Édouard Glissant



Migration is an appeal to all travellers not to let their future be determined by the rigid, one-dimensional rules that prevail at their destination.

The series shines a spotlight on the ability to rethink and reshape your idea of ​​the future with all the multidimensional knowledge you carry, rather than settling for the present as your final destination.