When earlier that year it became unclear whether the boarders in Europe would open any time soon, Salim Bayri started working on the browser-version of his video game Road to Schengen for REALITY. Legal documents, family ties, job contract and relationship status – the game follows the insurmountable bureaucracy of global movement. The players take the perspective of Adil Kilimini, a fourth-year cinema student from abroad, fighting legal and emotional interferences in his life.
The art of Amsterdam-based Salim Bayri (*1992 in Casablanca) functions as a humorous navigational tool to sail through the contexts he has left and the ones to which he is moving. He looks for the liminal points of what he calls »bittersweet ghorba« or »bittersweet abroad-being«. He uses a variety of media including CGI imagery, drawings, his presence and sound as with BAZOGA, music duo with his brother Tayeb. This year, Bayri is a resident at Rijksakademie and will have a solo show at Motel Spatie in Arnhem.