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Curated by Salim Bayri, The One Minutes series for March/April 2021 is on the theme of Comfort and Vision. In one-minute videos, 21 artists and filmmakers explore how feelings of comfort affect what we see.

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Salim Bayri

Salim Bayri is a visual artist, born and raised in Casablanca and based in Amsterdam. While making sand sculptures, Bayri hangs out in obsolete online chatrooms where strangeness, blasphemy, and pulling each other’s leg are common practice. As a polyglot, he is able to enter many of the different rooms where diasporas gather. His alter ego ‘Sad Ali’, short for Sad Alien, reflects this approach. Sad Ali is a silent character with a translucent body – he explores but is not a participant. Floating between scenes he is granted a fluidity that cannot be pinned down.
In his studio, Bayri is developing a ‘Hadra Collider’: a conceptual device, whose name he coined in reference to the CERN particle accelerator, to imagine a search for the particle X in language. It works by accelerating tongues and making words hit each other to help answer questions of racism, social injustice and cultural violence.

Participating artists

Sophie Bates, Anna Bierler, Andrea Bordoli, Jaume Clotet, Paula Garcia Sans, Levi van Gelder, Yara Greuter, Thi Hoai Le, Klaas Koetje, Makis Kyriakopoulos, Lee Mc Donald, Sara Milio, Snow Sheng Jie, Kevin Siwoff,  Lisa Smithson, Katharina Sook Wilting, Alix Stria, Theo Tajes, Mariusz Wirski, Jack Wormell and Yuri Yefanov.

Comfort and Vision was made possible by Pictoright Fund, Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the Sandberg Instituut.

The One Minutes

The One Minutes Foundation produces and distributes one-minute videos from an artistic point of view, offering an international stage for people to create, engage and connect. The One Minutes is active at the forefront of international contemporary art, as well as in education and welfare. It has exhibited at Power Station of Art (China), the National Gallery in Reykjavík (Iceland) and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (USA), among other venues. Every two months, The One Minutes Foundation puts out a new series of 60-second films that investigate how we perceive and engage with the moving image. Museums and cultural organisations around the world subscribe to the series. Send in your videos and participate in the project!

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