Dorian Sari was born in 1989 in Izmir, Turkey. Sari obtained a Master’s in Visual Arts from the Institut Kunst Basel in 2018 and a Bachelor’s in Visual Arts, from HEAD Geneva in 2016. In 2011, the artist also graduated with a BA degree in Political Science and Languages and a BA in Greek Literature from Sorbonne-Paris University. Sari lives and works between Basel and Geneva, Switzerland.
A keen observer of politics, emotions and social movements, the study of human nature and cultures is at the centre of Sari’s work. Through film, photography and installation, Sari transforms personal and collective mythology into completely fictional, theatrical and cinematographic scenes based on the psychoanalytic interpretation of the human self and their symbols. Sari combines rational scientific research with metaphysical methods. Using the language of poetic symbols, their work tells a story and draw parallels between the conscious and the collective subconscious.
Dorian Sari has received several awards including the Manor Kunstpreis in 2021, the Swiss Art Award in 2019 and the Kiefer Hablitzel Art Prize in 2018. In 2021, Sari 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 Kunstzeughaus Rapperswil (Switzerland), and group shows at the Queer Museum (Vienna, Austria), Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (Geneva, Switzerland), Helmhaus (Zürich, Switzerland), Istituto Svizzero Roma (Italy), Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland) and Kunsthaus Baselland (Switzerland).