Spectrum I - van Monira Al Qadiri
Spectrum I van Monira Al Qadiri
From June 29 onwards, the project Spectrum I by Monira Al Qadiri is on show at the wall by The Eye. Spectrum I is a continuation of the artist’s exploration into the material and cultural legacy of oil extraction in the Arabian Gulf. In researching the long cultural and economic history of Pearl diving and the pearl trade, once the main economic driver of much of this region before the discovery of oil, the artist discovered a formal relationship between pearls and oil; they share the same color. The colors are on opposite ends of the dichroic color spectrum
Spectrum I is based on the shapes of oil drill heads used for land and deep-sea drilling, these alien-like sculptures allude to the invasive nature of this oozing substance from the deep, a substance that has forever transformed our bodies and landscapes.
Monira Al Qadiri
Monira Al Qadiri (b. 1983) is a Kuwaiti visual artist born in Senegal and educated in Japan. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. from Tokyo University of the Arts. 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.