Monira Al Qadiri

2022.7.3 - 2022.10.9

Monira Al Qadiri, Diver (still), 2018, video, 4'00".

Courtesy the artist.


Location:  UCCA Dune

Monira Al Qadiri’s practice is a deep dive into petrocultures and their possible futures, gender performance, and aesthetics of sadness in the Middle East. Through a major body of work that incorporates various media, including video, sculpture, and performance, she investigates the oil-driven transformation of the coastal economy in Kuwait and the Gulf region, and the change it brought upon socioeconomic relations and local lives. Through a comprehensive presentation of her practice, the show explores how we interact with history, personal or otherwise, through the vehicle of art. How should we ponder our relationship with nature and natural resources from afar, where extraction and production can't be seen or heard? How do we recognize and make sense of the poetry embedded in unconscious self-destruction? This exhibition is curated by UCCA Curator Luan Shixuan.

About the Artist

Monira Al Qadiri’s (b. 1983, Dakar, Senegal) solo exhibitions include “Diver” (Art Gallery of Burlington, Ontario, 2021); “Holy Quarter” (Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2020); “Empire Dye” (Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, 2019); “RESERVOIR BITS” (Circl Pavilion, Amsterdam, 2018); “The Craft” (Sursock Museum, Beirut, 2017); “The Craft” (Gasworks, London, 2017); “Attempts to Read the World Differently” (Stroom Den Haag, the Hague, 2017); “Bubble” (ACUD Macht Neu, Berlin, 2017); Muhawwil” (Sultan Gallery, Kuwait, 2014); “The Tragedy of Self” (Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, 2009). Select group exhibitions include “Sunrise | Sunset” (Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, 2021); “Our World is Burning” (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2020); “Potential Worlds 1: Planetary Memories” (Migros Museum, Zurich, 2020); “Body. Gaze. Power: A Cultural History of the Bath” (Kunsthalle Baden, Baden, 2020); “Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991-2011” (MoMA PS1, New York, 2019-2020); “History is Not Here: Art and the Arab Imaginary” (Minnesota Museum of Art, Saint Paul, 2019); “Berlinale: Forum Expanded” (Berlin, 2019); “Glasstress 2017” (Palazzo Franchetti San Marco, Venice, 2017); “Let’s Talk about the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis” (Sursock Museum, Beirut, 2016); and “Invisible Threads: Technology and its Discontents” (New York University Abu Dhabi, 2016). Al Qadiri has participated in the 11th Seoul Mediacity Biennial (2021); the 10th Guangzhou Image Triennial (2021); the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial (Brisbane, 2018); the 6th Athens Biennial (2018); the Lulea Biennial (Norrbotten, 2018); and Sesc_Videobrasil (Sao Paolo, 2017).