Follow us


Alani Mohammed
  -    -  Alani Mohammed

Mohammed Alani

Visual artist

“As an artist, you certainly play, but with seriousness, after having thought about and weighed up. What most of us kick out and throw away becomes raw material for your artwork. And just like Picasso who put together a saddle and the handlebars of a bicycle in order to make an assembly, you bring together objects by linking them to each other, by juxtaposing them, by attaching them temporarily. Each work is like an idea, a photo that has not yet been taken, an impulse or a thought. It tells us where to look, invites us to connect form and space.

The moments are modeled in the image of a sculptor who shapes a face in clay. Mohammed Alani not only borrows or cites visible elements from recent art history, but also principles that he turns upside down. Nevertheless, Mohammed Alani is above all an artist who intuitively constructs images that enhance the banality of everyday life with a playful simplicity.“

Philippe Van Cauteren, Director of S.M.A.K. Ghent museum


Mohammed Alani is an Iraqi-born, Brussels-based artist.

Alani studied at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad, and moved to Brussels in 1997. He later enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts of Jean Jacques Gailliard Saint-Gilles, Brussels, graduating in 2015. “As a student in Brussels, I tried to find an original voice and materials that I could appropriate and call my own. I used chalk and chalk powder to draw and make things.“ His recent solo exhibitions include ‘Trapped’ (2017) at the Hopstreet Gallery Window, Brussels and ‘Connexions’ (2017) at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunst Oudenaande. He has presented work in group shows including ‘100 Artistes en Liberté’ (2016) at the Jewish Museum, Brussels and ‘Alerts’ (2017) at the Cultural Complex of Siliana, Tunisia. He speaks to Ruya from his studio which he shares with other artists. “The mess you see over there is mine,“ he quips In his work, Alani uses a range of found objects such as antique cornices, rugs, colored rubber balls, buckets and frames. “I find them in shops, at home or on the street. If an object catches my eye, and I think that I can make an artwork with it, I take it to studio,“ he explains, “it can sit there for up to a year before I pick it up again.“ With these found objects, Alani makes small, playful interventions.

Alani insists that his work has little to do with Iraq, the Middle East or the Islamic arts. “I trained as an artist in Belgium, and see my work as part of a Western contemporary art discourse,” he says.

Under construction

Solo exhibitions

Under construction

Group exhibitions

Under construction