MONIRA AL QADIRI
ALIEN TECHNOLOGY DUBAI

SHINDAGHA HERITAGE VILLAGE, DUBAI, UAE
29 NOVEMBER 2014 – MARCH 2015
Alien Technology is a series of large-scale sculptures in the form of industrial oil drill bits. The first iteration of Alien Technology was produced in Dubai in 2014, as part of AFAC’s public arts program curated by Amanda Abi Khalil.The artist’s giant drill bits resemble forms of bioluminescent marine life, especially with their recast surfaces, or some futuristic organic machine. They allude both to the underwater world that fed the Gulf’s economy for so many years (pearls), and simultaneously, the tool that is central to the current economy of oil. The works engage with the pearl industry that is now invisible to most—a forgotten history after the economic transformation that came with the discovery of oil in the region. And while the presence of oil is now pervasive, the nature of its extraction is rarely seen. Here, it is all made visible in Al Qadiri’s shimmering public monuments.Alien Technology (2014-2019)
Public sculpture series
Fiberglass, automotive paint
3 x 3 x 3 meters

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