Toni Serra (Abu Ali)

(Manresa, 1960)

Videomaker and co-director of OVNI (Unidentified Video Observatory)

His films inhabit a no-mans-land that lies between experimental essay and poetry, evoking a sense of trance and reality of dreams. His first works, in Barcelona, New York and Tangier, questioned the beauty and mystery of the marginal and fleeting. After returning to Barcelona in 1994, he started working on the video series TV Code, a self-immersion project and critique of the mechanisms of alienation in mass media. The series tries to parody the seduction of this spectacle and to deconstruct its hypnotic capacity to create social models and stereotyped identities.

The idea that criticism should be a medium to help to illuminate and facilitate the creation of new worlds lead him to reflection and an experimentation with the relationships between video and visionary, internal experience and visions protected between worlds, space and time, between the real and unreal, dreams and wakefulness, poetry and prophecy… As a journey not only that one takes, but as a way to erase limits and borders.

Toni Serra has been awarded the Nam June Paik Video Award for Istishara Archives (2006) and the 2002 Barcelona City Award of Visual Arts for the video installation of the exhibition "Fes. Interior City" (CCCB, 2002). He has worked on other projects such as Ru'a [visions] or Babylonian Archives, and in 2015 and 2017 he has given workshops at Carleton College (USA). Serra is also a founding member and co-director of OVNI (Unidentified Video Observatory), a videomakers collective associated with the CCCB.

His works have been exhibited in numerous institutions around the world.
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