Ali Santana is a multi-disciplinary artist working with collage, video, photography, sound, and performance. 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'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.
Ali is also an experienced educator. In his current post as a teaching artist 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 beatmaking. He prioritizes accessibility, creative problem-solving and resourcefulness, emphasizing that anyone can use art as a tool for change.