Dorian Sari was born in 1989 in Izmir, Turkey. He graduated from the Institut Kunst in Basel, Switzerland in 2018 and has studied in Geneva, Naples, Italy and Paris, France. He lives and works in Basel.
A keen observer of politics, emotions and social movements, the study of human nature and cultures is at the center of Sari’s work. In his installations, he transforms personal and collective mythology into completely fictional, theatrical and cinematographic scenes based on the psychoanalytic interpretation of man and his symbols. He creates a universe with a multitude of narratives, usually in the form of sculpture, but sometimes also as video projections. By means of materials found on the street, he undertakes a sublimation of reality. The transfer of his observations into materials includes certain ceremonial rituals in the production process. Sometimes, these consist of a silent act of putting together, other times they take on the form of a silent confession. With the language of poetic symbols, the sculptures tell a story and draw parallels of communication between the conscious and the collective subconscious. Sari combines rational scientific research with metaphysical methods. His work focuses on current events and action based on his multidisciplinary background and artistic vision.
In 2020, Sari received the Manor Kunstpreis and the Swiss Performance Art Award. He also received the Swiss Art Awards and the Kunstkredit Prize in 2019 and the Kiefer Hablitzel Art Prize of the Swiss Art Awards in 2018. In 2021, he has had a solo exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Basel Gegenwart (Basel, Switzerland). Other recent exhibitions include solo shows at Wilde (Basel, Switzerland), Centre Culturel Suisse Paris (France) and Kunst(zeug)haus Rapperswil (Switzerland). Other exhibitions include group shows at Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland), Wilde (Geneva and Basel, Switzerland), DAMA Foundation (Turin, Italy), Swiss Art Awards (Basel, Switzerland), Kunsthaus Baselland (Switzerland), SESC Belenzinho (Sao Paulo, Brasil), Maison des Arts de Malakoff (Paris, France) and International Red Cross Museum (Geneva, Switzerland).