Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti artist born in Senegal and educated in Japan. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. in inter-media art from Tokyo University of the Arts. Her research is focused on the aesthetics of sadness in the Middle-East, and her works explore the dysfunctional gender roles in Arab societies, as well as the displacement of cultural and religious identities. She is also a member of the artist collective GCC.

She has held solo exhibitions at Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan (2009), as well as the Sultan Gallery in Kuwait (2011 & 2014). Her participation in collective international exhibitions includes: “X-Apartments” Home Works 6, Beirut (2013), “The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art and Society” Princeton Arts Council & Rutgers University USA (2012), “50/20” Sultan Gallery Kuwait (2011), “Paradiso” Watermill Center, New York (2010), “Tokyo Wonder Wall” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Japan (2008), and “In Transition Russia” Moscow Center of Contemporary Art (2008). Her short films have been screened at: Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival (2014), “Aboveground Animation” New Museum, New York (2012), “Art Screen” Obrero, Sweden (2012), “Arab Shorts” Arsenale, Berlin (2012), and the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai (2008 & 2009) among others.

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