Monira Al Qadiri
Via Kuwait City, Kuwait
Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti artist born in Dakar, Senegal in 1983. Having lived through the 1990-91 Gulf War, she became fascinated by Japanese animation as a means of escaping the harsh realities she experienced. At the age of 16, she moved to Tokyo on an art scholarship from Kuwait’s government. In 2005, she completed her first animated film, Visual Violence. Since then, she has been conducting research into the relationship between psychology and art, and on the aesthetics of sadness in the Middle East. In 2010, she received her PhD in intermedia art from Tokyo University of the Arts. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions and film festivals in the U.S., Russia, Germany, the UAE, China and Japan. Her latest solo exhibition was “Tragedy of Self,” at Sultan Gallery, Kuwait City, in 2011. She currently divides her time between Kuwait and Beirut.