The Craft by Monira Al Qadiri
13 July- 10 September 2017
155 Vauxhall St
London, SE11 5RH
Shubbak is proud to announce a new programme to support Syrian artists through commissioning the creation of new work from a new generation of talented artists, in partnership with the British Council. The Craft by Monira Al Qadiri is the first of these projects.
Amsterdam-based artist Monira Al Qadiri will open her first UK solo exhibition at Gasworks. The exhibition includes a short, semi-autobiographical science fiction film, sculptures and photographs in which international diplomacy is envisaged as an alien conspiracy. Under this umbrella, embassies, conferences, cultural exchange and political activism are represented as elaborately staged ways to conceal diplomats’ true dealings with the third kind. Poking fun at collapsing postcolonial empires, these works also explore how the current rise of nationalism and political populism trivialises formerly common ways of being international in the world, depicting the era of diplomatic rituals, national grandeur and political grandstanding as a nostalgic and lovable ‘other world’ beyond reach.
Co-commissioned by Gasworks and the Sursock Museum, Beirut with support from Shubbak.
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.
This exhibition is being shown as part of the Shubbak Festival 2017, taking place in London from 1 – 16 July 2017. The full festival programme launches this Spring. Follow us on social media, join our mailing list, or contact us for more details.