Monira AL QADIRI
Phantom Beard

Monira Al Qadiri has an unusual background, having moved from Kuwait to study in Japan at the age of 16, and then receiving her Ph.D. from Tokyo University of the Arts. She creates videos and performances, bringing together her acute insight regarding the Middle East, where she was born and raised, and a fascination with Japanese anime culture that she has harbored since a young age. Al Qadiri blends phenomena that society and religion have deemed separate––the sacred and the profane, men and women, the dead and the living, good and evil—transgressing these boundaries with her unique sorrow and humor.

Her work for Aichi Triennale 2019, co-produced with Wiener Festwochen and Kunstenfestivaldesarts, stems from her experience while studying in Japan of being told by a psychic that the spirits of 40 ancestors were attached to her. Why might 40 bearded men, unable to find their final peace, be sharing Al Qadiri’s life with her? Is it because of the bloody history of these desert nomads, and the void left in Middle Eastern Arab history that erases and consigns them to oblivion?

Al Qadiri has gathered talent from around the world, including German film production group Transforma, and Indonesian metal band Senyawa, for a thrilling performance that will bring together the imagination of Japanese anime with the artist’s acute insight into the Arab world.

Dates
Thu, Sep 5, 19:00
Fri, Sep 6, 19:00
Sat, Sep 7, 17:00
Sun, Sep 8, 14:00
Duration
50 min (TBC)
Language
Arabic and Japanese (with Japanese and English surtitles)
International Co-production
Wiener Festwochen, Kunstenfestivaldesarts
Venue
Mini Theater, Aichi Prefectural Art Theater
Access
3 min. on foot from Sakae station (Higashiyama line or Meijo line)
Ticket prices
Adults ¥3,000
U25 ¥2,500
Note
No children under school age are permitted.
Childcare Services
Available for all programs. Details will be announced in July.

Monira AL QADIRI

  • Born 1983 in Dakar, Senegal
  • Based in Berlin, Germany

At the age of 16 Monira Al Qadiri moved from Kuwait to study in Japan, and received her Ph.D. in Intermedia Art from Tokyo University of the Arts. She works in a variety of mediums, including video, sculpture, and installation, bringing together her early fascination with Japanese anime and her acute insight on the Middle East, where she was born and raised. Her artwork emerges from this intersection of a Japanese imaginativeness, and a critique of Middle Eastern society, which has been held at the mercy of both fossil energies and an historical void left in the wake of the establishment of nation states. Al Qadiri blends phenomena that society and religion have deemed seperate—the sacred and the profane, men and women, the dead and the living, good and evil—transgressing these boundaries with her unique sorrow and humor. In 2017, she created and performed Feeling Dubbing, appearing as an anime character dressed in men’s clothing; she has additionally begun focusing on playwriting.

Selected Works

2018
Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia
2018
6th Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece
2017
The Craft (solo), Gasworks, London, UK
2017
Feeling Dubbing, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium
2017
20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil