Dorian Sari (b. Turkey, lives in Switzerland)

Dorian Sari

My name is Dorian Sari, and I am a Turkish visual artist based in Basel, Switzerland.

I work across media, most notably sculpture, installation, and video. I am interested in global political and current affairs and how artists and creative individuals react to them. As a cultural nomad, I mix my knowledge of different cultures, languages, and sociological patterns with more universal contemporary concerns and sentiments – such as the concept of post-truth, violence, anger, etc.

I previously studied Political Science and Languages, and Greek Literature, at Paris-Sorbonne University, then undertook a BA in Fine Arts at HEAD Geneva, and an MA at Institut Kunst Basel. This multidisciplinary background informs artistic practice.

Comparing different cultures and trying to examine their similarities is at the core of my practice. I use collective symbols we share across cultures to make my observations and analyses. I am particularly interested in togetherness in the big picture, the concept of love as an endless resource, the archetype of the "fool" in society, invisible public manipulations, social responsibility, and institutional hypocrisy. 

Over the past four years, I have been awarded several prestigious national art prizes in Switzerland. In the context of the latest one, Manor Kunstpreis, I had a major solo show titled ‘Post-truth’ at the Kunstmuseum Basel in which I sought to explore the ‘hierarchy of pain’: a term from the work of the great German philosopher Carolin Emcke. I have included a link below to information about this exhibition, which includes a video of my guided tour for the press conference, and a link to the book which was published on the occasion of the exhibition.

As this is the first small introduction to my work, I would like to invite you to visit my website to explore further exhibitions, artistic works, interviews, books, and collaborations, and where you can contact me. 
If there is anything that you would like to know more about, I would be delighted to answer your questions.

Links for further key information:

Video Works from the "Post-truth" exhibition:

Press conference/guided tour:

Video works: