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Monira Al Qadiri
2016 – levitating 3D-printed sculptures
A levitating iridescent model of the head of an oil drill quietly rotates, as if to drill the sky above it. Resembling an architectural model of the tower of Babel, the work embodies the infinite human desire to strive upwards while accumulating more wealth and power. The riches generated by oil exploration fuels the toxic aspirations of man to hover above others, in a seemingly unending spiralling motion.
Monira Al Qadiri― Artist
Monira Al Qadiri (b. 1983) 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 currently based in Berlin. www.moniraalqadiri.com