Cosa Nostra by Monira Al Qadiri

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Cosa Nostra by Monira Al Qadiri

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- An iridescent invasive organism - 

“Cosa Nostra” literally means “our affair”, but also refers to the infamous “Black Hand” mafia organization - an entity formed by humans but gradually taking on its own agency, shifting from organization to invasive organism. Under Monira Al Qadiri’s guidance, an alliance of dark Calla lilies, purple Vanda orchids, and magenta carnations invade a giant artificial pearl (which is itself an alien form, created by bacteria entering the mollusk shell). Both the pearl and the flowers shimmer with petroleum glamour, color-coded to reflect the colors of wealth production in the Gulf, and the “seepage” of these anxieties to current affairs - yours and ours.

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Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti visual artist born in Dakar, Senegal (1983) 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 region stemming from poetry, music, art and religious practices. Recent exhibitions include “Les Rencontres Internationales” (2016) Haus de Kulturen de Welt (Germany), “In Search of Lost Time” (2016) SOAS University (UK), and “DUST” (2015) CCA Warsaw (Poland). She is also part of the artist collective GCC, who held a solo exhibition at MoMA PS1 in New York (2014). Monira is currently based in Amsterdam, undergoing a two year artist residency at the Rijksakademie until 2018.