Monira Al Qadiri, Spectrum 2016, Installation view, Commissioned by the Sursock Museum, Beirut, 2016, Photo: Tony Elieh, Courtesy of the artist, © Monira Al Qadiri

Kunsthaus Bregenz
6900 Bregenz
Austria

Monira Al Qadiri

Monira Al Qadiri is one of the most important artists of the Gulf region. Born in Senegal, she grew up in Kuwait and left for Japan when she was only sixteen. Her identity, she explains, is hybrid, her homeland unclear. The war in Kuwait prompted her to look for subterfuges.

The artist has since gained recognition for her videos and sculptures dealing with “petro culture” and the dependency of modern life on fossil fuels. She presents objects covered in car paint. They look like jewels in a treasure trove, reminiscent of phallic rockets, futuristic explosive devices, or science fiction. They shine mint green, ultramarine, or in the colors of brass. Some are mounted on white pedestals and rotate; others are monumental in size and found in public space. In fact, they are drill heads. Al Qadiri does not alter their forms, but merely determines their dimensions and colors.

 

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Monira Al Qadiri, Spectrum 2016, Installation view, Commissioned by the Sursock Museum, Beirut, 2016, Photo: Tony Elieh, Courtesy of the artist, © Monira Al Qadiri
Monira Al Qadiri, Spectrum 2016, Installation view, Commissioned by the Sursock Museum, Beirut, 2016, Photo: Tony Elieh, Courtesy of the artist, © Monira Al Qadiri

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