This website SITE is intended to offer an ever evolving insight into my practice: both as an artist and a worker. I am using the categories of Projects, Services and Collaborations to provide multiple entry points into my work. Ideally visitors will be able to make links between each of these sections, as an important aspect of my artistic production is recognizing the ways in which all of my labour (artistic and otherwise) overlap in ideas and ideals.

I am not restricted by medium, instead my works take on the forms required to best represent the ideas and concepts considered by each project. In many of my works I bring everyday items into the rarefied space of the gallery, and it might not always be clear what constitutes the work. My practice produces a minimal amount of waste.

I take on many different roles and positions in order to make it possible for me to make my work and my life sustainable. Gig work, such as cooking and preparing crew lunches, providing education workships, djing parties, working as a house painter or as a barista in a coffee shop, allows me time and flexibility to make work as an artist.

As I am not tied to any specific medium I often work with others to produce aspects of my work. This assistance is integral in helping me to realize my vision into material. With such a focus on labour in my work, it is important that these workers are paid fair labour costs when helping to produce work.

Welcome Suad and Shafi / اهلا و سهلا سعاد وشافع: A potluck party


MOCA, Toronto Canada

Welcome Suad and Shafi / اهلا و سهلا سعاد وشافع: A potluck party.

Curator: Su-Ying Lee

Suad and Shafi, are visiting Canada for the first time. In honour of this occasion, AlZeri is hosting a potluck party and performance at MOCCA to introduce his parents to residents of the city and the Toronto Arts Community. Please bring something to share, if you are able, and join Basil in this extension of hospitality and family.

AlZeri’s mother Suad has worked on a number of food based projects with him. On her visit to Canada, Suad is expecting to encounter a lot of animals and insects. In anticipation, she asked her son to spray his garden, porch, entrance and all window frames with insecticide and disinfect his home, although AlZeri’s parents may not stay with him.

Credits and Thank You's:

Special thanks to My Mother Suad and my Father Shafi.

Thanks to Su-Ying Lee, Dean Baldwin, MOCA staff and everyone who welcomed Suad and Shafi that day!