Photo by Wren Wild
In times of crisis, we must decide again & again whom we love.
- Frank O’Hara, Meditations in an Emergency, 1957
Bandcamp (coming soon)
Ali Kouri (she/her) is a Lebanese-Canadian interdisciplinary artist and musician based in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal). In 2019, she graduated with a BA in Communications, specialization in video production at Concordia University, and in 2022 she completed her BFA in Studio Arts & ArtHistory at Concordia. From 2013-2022, she was the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist for Montreal’s female-fronted, dream-folk-rock band The Day Dreamers.
With the band, Kouri released two studio albums — All Through the Night (2016), and Forever Again (2019) — along with a handful of singles. Her work with The Day Dreamers led to performances at Osheaga (MTL), Ottawa Bluesfest, Mondo (NYC), Canadian Music Week, Festival du Cirque, Grey Cup festivities in Ottawa, and Starlight Foundation’s Strangers in the Night, amongst many others. Most recently, they released their last single, Only a Kid, alongside a music video directed & edited by Kouri.
Kouri and her work have been interviewed and reviewed in numerous national and international media outlets, namely CBC, CJAD, CJLO, CKUT, Global News (all Canadian), Maastricht Student Radio (NL), York Calling (UK), Punchland (NYC), Outlet Mag (AU) and more.
My artistic practice is heavily based on blurring the line between abstraction and figuration or abstraction and reality, depending on the medium. I am curious about the memorialization and idolization of memory, how memories can differ from reality almost as much as a dream or a figment of our imagination. Through material/instrument exploration, I work with fragmented ideas that come from dreams & memories - the things that have some conceptual value, but may not be real. The things that border between ideas in my head and things I can touch with my hands. The inside versus the outside. I explore personal ideas and themes relating to grief, sickness, death, spirituality, heritage & family relationships. Musically, experimentation & collaboration are essential to my process, specifically concerning the distortion and alteration of sound and an instrument’s primary function, co-composition and the physicality of sound.
To purchase artwork, for commissions, and any other inquiries, get in touch via email.