Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2024

Oct, Nov, Dec

Salwa Aleryani | Visual Artist

Salwa Aleryani | Image: Rahman Jaber
Salwa Aleryani | Image: Rahman Jaber

Salwa Aleryani, born in Sana'a, Yemen, is a visual artist working primarily with sculpture and installation. Through constellations of made and found objects, her work engages with places and infrastructures as well as their historical backgrounds, potentials, and promises. In recent years, she has exhibited at Kunstverein Freiburg, Skulpturenpark Berlin, MMAG Amman, and Savvy Contemporary Berlin, among others. She lives and works in Berlin.

Salwa Aleryani's project follows in the footsteps of artist Pacita Abad, a Filipina and self-defined woman of color who created work across many countries, often incorporating different crafts and cultures to reflect on societal issues. In 1988, Abad spent several weeks in Yemen, where she traveled extensively. Fascinated by the vernacular architecture, she dedicated a large body of work to her journey. In Los Angeles, Salwa plans to collaborate with the Pacita Abad Art Estate to learn more about this work and her time in Yemen.

Salwa Aleryani is Villa Aurora Fellow of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2023 | Far from Closing the Circle, Kunstverein Freiburg
2019 | Tribute to a Passerby (ROAMER), Sort Vienna  
2016 | Intending Probability, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Selected Group Exhibitions  
2021 | Re-Turn: Sculpture Park, KUNSTrePUBLIK, Berlin  
2021 | Imagine Something New, Galerie Wedding, Berlin  
2019 | Stars Are Closer and Clouds Are Nutritious under Golden Trees, MMAG, Amman   
2018 | Geographies of Imagination, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin  

Selected Prizes and Awards
2023 | Research Fellowship, Senate Department for Culture and Community, Berlin  
2023 | Artists' Contacts, ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations)  
2020–2021 | Einstein Junior Scholar for Academic Freedom, Einstein Foundation Berlin   
2019 | Visual Arts Grant, AFAC (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture)