Monira Al Qadiri


video installation, 4-minute loop
1/5 + 2 AP
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This immersive video installation by Monira Al Qadiri represents a new chapter of her ongoing search for historical ties between the pre- and post-oil worlds in the Arabian Gulf. For hundreds of years, the economy of the coastal region was based on decorative pearls, with Al Qadiri’s own grandfather working as a singer on a pearling boat. After the discovery of oil in the twentieth century, a massive transformation took place in the affected societies and this part of history was erased, relegated to popular fiction.The video proposes to bridge that gap through the formal abstraction of colour; it follows the movements of synchronized swimmers wearing dichroic body suits akin to the sheen of both pearls and oil, fully choreographed to a traditional pearl-diving song.The use of these bodies as ornamentation manifests the placement of these histories in contemporary society - as embellishment and décor - but at the same time reflects the artist’s absolute effort to sincerely articulate them as a solid component of regional identity through exhausting physical action.

2021 Phantasmapolis, 2021 Asian Art Biennale, Taiwan
2021 Diver solo exhibition, Art Gallery Burlington, Ontario, Canada
2020 Apparation, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
2019 Empire Dye solo exhibition, Kunstverein Gottingen, Gottingen, Germany
2019 Video Art at Midnight, Babylon Cinema, Berlin, Germany
2019 ANTIKINO Berlinale Forum Expanded exhibition, Cinema Galeries, Brussels, Belgium
2019 In One Drop of Water Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2019 Future Generation Art Prize exhibition, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine
2019 Berlinale, Forum Expanded exhibition, The Silent Green Kulturquartier, Berlin, Germany
2018 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia