Salim Bayri (b. Casablanca 1992) makes sculptures in virtual reality while listening to obsolete online chatrooms where strangeness, blasphemy, and pulling each other's leg are common practices. As a polyglot, Bayri can enter many of the different rooms where diasporas gather.

Most of his work ends up being a mirror of his mother tongue, the Moroccan Darija. A widely spoken yet unofficial language that easily absorbs words from other sources while enjoying the freedom of not being controlled by an institution with fixed rules. This state of being ends up being seen in the constant state of instability of the materials Salim uses that go from bread, sand, vr clay, 3D characters, candy bars to lived anecdotes.

Salim went to the Rijksakademie (NL), holds a BA in Arts and Design from the Escola Massana (CAT) and a MA in Media, Art, Design and Technology from the Frank Mohr Institute (NL). He received the Charlotte Kohler Prize (NL) and has been nominated for the  Vordemberge Gildewart Award. He often goes to Casa and spends most of his time in Amsterdam supported by Galerie Van Gelder.

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