• 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

The Craft (solo), Gasworks, London, UK
Feeling Dubbing, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium
20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Feeling Dubbing, 2017, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Belgium
  • Photo: Catherine Antoine
  • Courtesy of the artist