With his compact
sculptures and expansive vision Mohammed Yousuf Ali
(1954) wagers on the emancipation of things from their
traditional restraints… His second personal
exhibition entitled 'Exiting to the Inside' was held
at his house in 2002.
The works were displayed in his front yard and in
the hallways of his house, both old and new works
that represented different stages of his artistic
To him, escaping to that which is within was a way
of venting after a long experience of acceptance and
denial. He decided to undertake it upon realizing
that advancing one step backwards and retreating one
step forward was taxing, even crippling to his subconscious.
… Viewing his old work side by side with the
new was a retrospective experience that pitted him
against himself. It reinforced that process of reflection,
reevaluation and readdressing of questions after having
gone through the reaction.
All this is tied to him being a part of a deteriorating
cultural scene.… Emancipating art from closed
rooms and traditional galleries is crucial to him.
He believes in humanizing his works, saying that they
'need to breathe and see the sun', for sculpture is
the Spirit of Nature…It is difficult, particularly
in the Arab World, to engage in truly modern art because
some people simply don’t get it.
It is obviously much more difficult to understand
installation sculpture (…) with a postmodernist
construction style, and a conceptual inclination.
We may not be able to comprehend all the concepts
integrated into such a sculpture, and that is why
you see so few conceptual sculptures in the world
in comparison to paintings, for instance. There are
only so many people who have the ability to sculpt