Yucef Merhi (b. 1977) is a Venezuelan-born artist based in Miami, FL. He studied philosophy at Universidad Central de Venezuela, The New School, and holds a Master’s in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University. He is currently a fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab.
Merhi has been producing works that engage with poetry, VR, facial recognition, AI, Web apps, and retro video game platforms, towards the formulation of dynamic, immersive, and interactive linguistic experiences. By exploring the interconnections between language and technology, Merhi has been able to create different bodies of work, addressing philosophical, political, ecological, and social issues, while proposing alternative ways to experience natural language and code.
His work has been exhibited in museums, biennials, galleries, and public spaces in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, including the New Museum, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas; De Appel, Amsterdam; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; and Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul; among others. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in Digital/Electronic Art, the 2018-19 CIFO Grant for Mid-Career artist, and the studio residency award at the 30th Ljubljana Biennial.
- 2021 Home + Away Resident: Atlantic Center for the Arts