Monira Al Qadiri

Divine Memory

1/5 + 2 AP
5:00 min
1/5 + 2 AP

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Using a vocal religious poetry recitation from old television archives mixed with a video game soundtrack, the camera in “Divine Memory” (2019) follows several octopuses swimming nonchalantly in water, while artificially distorting their colors. A kind of music video attuned to natural phenomena; the work attempts to delve into our innate memory as creatures of this world, perhaps a pre-human genetic memory, so as to stimulate feelings of awe and wonder at the construction of being.

2022 Blue Assembly: Oceanic Thinking, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia
2021 Thinking Like an Octopus or: Tentacular Grasp, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
2021 Monira Al Qadiri: IBB Videoraum (solo), Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2021 A I S T I T | Coming to Our Senses, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
2021 Sunrise | Sunset, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
2020 Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
2020 Afterhours, Centrum, Berlin, Germany
2020 25 of 78, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany
2019 Empire Dye solo exhibition, Kunstverein Gottingen, Germany

Original language: Arabic (available with English or German subtitles)
Sound mix: James Kelly
Video: Stock footage (various)
Voice & poetry: Kuwait Television archives
Music: Final Fantasy VII - video game
Concept & editing: Monira Al Qadiri
Commissioned by Kunstverein Göttingen (2019)