Ali Santana


Credit: Luisanna Tejada Photography

Ali Santana is a multi-disciplinary artist working with collage, video, photography, sound, and performance.  Ali's live audio-visual shows combine video art and experimental cinema with booming beats, sound design and field recordings which are chopped, looped, and arranged in real time to perform an abstract method of storytelling that he dubs Boom Bap Cinema.


Santana, a native Brooklynite is influenced by community, natural patterns, unquantized rhythms and, ancient cultures. His work often explores topics related to Black American identity, urban colonization, observations of nature, and sensory perception. Ali is also an award winning educator having received the 2019 award for ‘Innovation in Teaching Artistry’ from the Association of Teaching Artists. In his current post at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Teens program, he shares his artistic practice in music production, performance, and video art with NYC high school students, teaching them video production & editing, collage, and beat making. He prioritizes accessibility, creative problem-solving and resourcefulness, emphasizing that anyone can use art as a tool for change.


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