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Cristiana de Marchi and Monira Al Qadiri: Melting the Sky
26 September 2016
The Middle East has suffered mightily from mapmaking and the arbitrary creation of post-colonial ‘nation’ states. In a globalised world, these partitioned territories appear to be more and more fragile, blurred, and even fictitious; we find ourselves searching for new ways to unify or divide the world we live in. In this uncertain climate, no one knows what the future will look like.
This exhibition aims to explore the possibilities of the Present through a selective elaboration on the Past and Future of the MENA region – which also serves as an allegory for a wider geographic context. Monira Al Qadiri and Cristiana de Marchi use form, colour and feeling to dispel myths and propose new unities, an alternative to the conventional and widely accepted nationalistic concepts of ‘belonging’.
Cristiana de Marchi is an Italian/Lebanese artist and curator who lives and works between Dubai and Beirut. Her practice uses performance, video, and installations of embroidered objects and tapestries to consider the power and influence of words, the role of narratives, the possibilities of word associations, and “meaningful breaks” (because storytelling ultimately needs a gap from which to originate).
Monira Al Qadiri is a visual artist and filmmaker with an international pedigree – born in Senegal, educated in Japan, based in Kuwait. She is currently expanding her practice towards social and political subjects; her work currently explores the relationship between narcissism and masculinity, as well as other dysfunctional gender roles.
Above: Monira Al Qadiri, Alien Technology; 2014. Fibreglass sculpture, 3x3x2.5m. Part of Invisible public art project commissioned by Arab Fund for Arts & Culture