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Monira al qadiri
The Craft
Experimental film | mov, VHS | color | 16'0'' | Kuwait | 2017
“The Craft” is a film that revolves around childish fictions laced with serious suspicions towards the real world. Using the lens of family history, the film dissects the artist’s own past to reexamine an uncanny relationship taking place in the shadows of her major life events: “Were my parents conspiring with aliens behind my back?” Reality gradually disintegrates like quicksand around this central question, as paranoia and speculation begin to take hold. Futuristic architecture, popular culture, dream readings, junk food, alien abductions, geopolitics, international diplomacy, war and peace; all of these once solid staples of modern life now become tinted with a general sense of distrust, overshadowing everything. Like a ticking time bomb at the center of the nuclear family unit, the suspicion reaches a crescendo when the protagonist suddenly discovers that the American century has finally ended.
Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti visual artist born in Senegal and educated in Japan. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. in inter-media art from Tokyo University of the Arts, where her research was focused on the aesthetics of sadness in the Middle-East stemming from poetry, music, art and religious practices. Her work explores unconventional gender identities, petro-cultures and their possible futures, as well as the legacies of corruption. She is also part of the artist collective GCC, who held a solo exhibition at MoMA PS1 in New York (2014). Monira was recently based in Amsterdam, and underwent a two year artist residency at the Rijksakademie until the end of 2017. She has held solo exhibitions at the Sursock Museum, Beirut (2017), Gasworks, London (2017), Stroom Den Haag, the Hague (2017), ACUD Macht Neu, Berlin (2017), ATHR Gallery, Jeddah (2017), the Sultan Gallery, Kuwait (2011 & 2014), and Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan (2009). Her participation in collective international exhibitions includes: "Lets Talk about the Weather: Art & Ecology in a Time of Crisis" Sursock Museum, Beirut (2016), "Invisible Threads: Technology & its Discontents" NYU Abu Dhabi (2016), "DUST" CCA Warsaw, Poland (2015), "Whose Subject Am I?" Kunstverein Dusseldorf, Germany (2015), "Accented" Maraya Arts Center, Sharjah, UAE (2015), "The Return of Ghosts" Hong-Gah Museum, Taiwan (2014), "Never Never Land" Edge of Arabia Projects, London (2014), "Exposure" Beirut Art Center, Lebanon (2013), “X-Apartments” Home Works 6, Beirut, Lebanon (2013), “50/20” Sultan Gallery Kuwait (2011), “Paradiso” Watermill Center, New York (2010), “Tokyo Wonder Wall” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Japan (2008), and “In Transition Russia” Moscow Center of Contemporary Art (2008). Her videos and short films have been screened at: Le Centre Pompidou (2016), Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival (2014), "Where is My Territory?" Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014), "Parle Pour Toi" Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris (2014), Medrar Cairo Video Festival, Egypt (2014), “Aboveground Animation” New Museum, New York (2012), “Art Screen” Obrero, Sweden (2012), “Arab Shorts” Arsenale, Berlin (2012), and the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai (2008 & 2009) among others.