Identidad, género, mística del petróleo y futuros posibles.
Artista visual, escultora y performer crecida en Kuwait y educada en Japón, Al Qadiri explora las "culturas del petróleo" del Golfo Pérsico, cuestionando su imaginario cultural, recalibrando su rol económico y su papel futuro en la geopolítica global a través de una obra marcadamente autobiográfica -entre lo personal y lo político, la temática de género y un sentido del humor oscuro- que contradice la creencia en el petróleo como una sustancia casi mística e inagotable con las que han sido bendecidas las monarquías del Golfo Pérsico y su poder.
¿Un posible futuro sin petróleo? Este es el tema de Petroquímicos en el Purgatorio, la investigación que Monira Al Qadiri presentará en The Influencers en formato performance el viernes 25 de octubre 2019 - Consulta aquí el programa completo.
“There is a void in the history of the region. As we are in non-democratic societies, history is always a kind of taboo. We’re not really supposed to talk about poverty, or about ways of life, or industries that existed, that were the norm before oil. Oil is seen as this mystical substance that came to us and that we’re the chosen people. The history is sanitized [to become this Disney-esque “Vay! Pearl Songs!” They make these ads now, where old men who used to be pearl divers are on their iPads on their boats. But of course nobody does this! None of it reflects any kind of reality. It’s so distorted now, to a point that it’s become absurd...
So this is not nostalgia at all. You need to know your history in a more realistic form, especially that in the early 20th century a lot of this information is blacked out because there were so many mini-wars and coups… Sheiks killing other Sheiks, and tribes killing other tribes, and so much blood. There is this huge period that is very vague and nobody really knows what happened because now we’re just being taught this official history, “This is your country. It was founded in 1961, we’re new. Before that? We don’t know.”
So my work is about this terrible acknowledgement of history and, of course, thinking about the future because the petroleum interval in history is going to be very short, it’s not sustainable. Everybody knows that, even though our governments ignore it, but it’s the truth. We’re the freaks of this weird time.”