Artists and Projects


Muhammad Ali



about the artist

Muhammad Ali is an artist from Syria based in Stockholm, Sweden.

about the residency

Muhammad Ali was working as an artist in Damascus until spring 2016 when he arrived in Residence Botkyrka in Fittja. He has since been part of several programmes and exhibitions in Residence Botkyrka and Botkyrka konsthall, as well as released an artist’s book through Labyrint Press.


public artwork

Muhammad Ali
Växtjägaren / Plant hunter
Riksten (2023)

Public art commission in connection to a pre-school in Riksten.

Muhammad Ali, Växtjägaren / Plant hunter, Riksten (2023). Foto: Olena Kryvoruchko

art collection

Muhammad Ali
In a Coma
12 reworked photos (2016)

Muhammad Ali left his hometown of Damascus in 2016, after experiencing five years of war. Upon arriving in Stockholm, his memory of the city he had left behind, and of the life he had lived there, became distorted.

Muhammad arrived at Residence Botkyrka in 2016 and has participated in several exhibitions
and programmes in Botkyrka konsthall, as well as releasing the artist’s book “I am Just a Number” illustrating the journey to Europe through diary drawings, published by Labyrint Press. Text from the exhibition Archives: itineraries to the future.

Muhammad Ali, I koma / In a Coma (2016). Botkyrka konsthall, 2019. Foto: Hanna Ukura

labyrint archive

Muhammad Ali

Labyrint Press (2016)

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 feeling of being reduced from an individual to just a number.

The drawings are exhibited in Botkyrka konsthall in Tumba (23 September – 22 October 2017) 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.

collaboration and support