By Nadine van den Bosch

Salim Bayri (1992) is a multimedia visual artist and polyglot whose practice spans sculpture, performance, drawing, coding, tech, and the virtual realm. Across his work, code-switching in linguistic, plastic and digital representations takes a central role. By adding tongues and making words strike each other in humorous, disorienting and often absurd ways, he hopes to find the particle-x in languages and thereby answer questions related to alienation and cultural violence. In keeping this hope alive, Bayri imagines a decolonial approach that lingers in the poetic possibilities of the happy accident, the unexpected crack, the unreachable dream.