Ali Ahadi (b. Tehran, Iran. 1984) is an Iranian-Canadian Vancouver based artist and writer. His interdisciplinary practice spans from site-specific ephemeral installations to sculpture, photo and video based works. Consisting of representational images, composite objects and text projections, that propose certain ways of approaching particular conceptual dualities, Ahadi’s work is constituted through addressing the problems of presentation and representation, monsteration and demonstration, and, finally, the relationship between aesthetics and contingent forms of abstractions that are not necessarily reducible to the conventional artistic determination, within politically charged situation.
In Ahadi's work, the artistic may happen, not through the aestheticized presence, but within the creation of particular situations in which the heterogeneity of multiple dualities induces the transformation of an in-form into new forms. His artistic and scholarly methodology involves dealing with the roles that contingency and “Event” play in the politics of Subjectivization. His current research focuses on his concepts of “thought-activism”, and “the poetics of that which is not”, addressing the relationships between neologisms and particular use of language with the question of contingency and Event in causing ruptures in two domains of art and politics.
Ahadi’s practice also involves writing and translating seminal literatures, mostly in continental philosophy, aesthetics and politics, into Farsi.
In 2012 he received his MFA in visual arts from the University of British Columbia, wherein he currently is a PhD candidate in continental philosophy and critical theories.