Opening: 23 September, 12-3 PM in Botkyrka konsthall, Tumba. The exhibition “I’m Just a Number” continues until 22 October.

In the spring of 2016, the artist Muhammad Ali left five years of war behind and fled his home in Syria for Europe, like many others in his situation. When he finally managed to step ashore on one of the Greek islands, an official wrote the number “20” on his hand. He was the 20th person to arrive on the 24th day, in the 2nd month of that year. Through a series of diary book drawings, Muhammad illustrated the experience of being reduced from an individual to just a number.

The drawings are exhibited in Botkyrka konsthall as well as published in the artist’s book: “I’m Just a Number”. The book is available in Labyrint, the artist’s book archive and platform, that is also releasing the anthology “Labyrint (2006-2016)”.

Muhammad Ali was an artist in Botkyrka konsthall’s international residency programme, Residence Botkyrka, in 2016. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus in 2005 and has been exhibiting extensively around the world. Muhammad Ali is now based in Stockholm.


I’m Just a Number

Muhammad Ali

Residence Botkyrka