Monira Al Qadiri

Divine Memory


“The Fall II” (2014) digital composite image (dimensions variable)

The voices we once heard on religious TV programming decades ago: small segments of spirituality subliminally inserted in between the regular shows. Like a hypnotic sound emanating from another world, it seemed those vocal chords were intoxicated with divine imagination. The poetry spoken felt like the epitome of the sublime, a voice that was beyond human. Ingrained in millions of minds as an immortal memory, that voice never left our bodies. In this work, the divine voice is exaggerated by its juxtaposition with a musical track, highlighting its mysterious power and beauty.

Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti visual artist born in Dakar, 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 also part of the artist collective GCC.