With its presentation of Monira Al Qadiri (born 1983 in Dakar, Senegal), Haus der Kunst hosts one of the most important artists of the Gulf region in Capsule 12 in the South Gallery. Al Qadiri has created a multi-part sculpture group and a new virtuoso film for this show. Its title, “Holy Quarter,” refers to the world’s largest desert region, the “Empty Quarter” situated between Saudi Arabia, Oman, Yemen and United Arab Republic.
Al Qadiri grew up in Kuwait and belongs to a generation that came of age during the rapid transformation of the young nation state – from its status as one of the world’s oldest civilizations to the dominance of the oil industry, which has been massively promoted since the 1960s, to its current role as an important player in geopolitics. In the visual arts Al Qadiri’s work serves as a seismograph for a forced globalized world. From the beginning of her artistic career she has examined the turmoil caused by prosperity, religious beliefs, and magical thinking.