Wabar Pearl

Monira Al Qadiri

Information about Wabar Pearl

Wabar Pearl
Monira Al Qadiri
Hand-blown glass
Approx. 10 cm x 13 cm x 19 cm

About the artwork

Monira Al Qadiri
Wabar Pearl
, 2020
Hand-blown glass
Dimensions: Approx. 10 x 13 x 19 cm
Signed and numbered
Edition: 25 / 5 A.P.
Price: 1,800.00 € (incl. VAT, shipping extra)

Monira Al Qadiri (born 1983 in Dakar, Senegal) is one of the most important artists of the Gulf region. She 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. As one of the oldest and most untouched habitats, the desert serves Al Qadiri as a place to search for traces of the meaning of life, to which she dedicates her intermedial work Holy Quarter, newly developed for the Haus der Kunst.

Al Qadiri based the edition Wabar Pearls, mouth-blown glass sculptures, on the beautiful, luminous black stones found in the meteorite crater Al Wabar. They were created by the heat of meteorites hitting the sand. Oman is one of the largest impact areas, and many fossils in its landscape are millions of years old. The pearl-like shape of the sculptures is both a reminder of the time when pearl diving was once Kuwait’s main economic activity, while their colour is reminiscent of that of oil – a quantum leap. In the film Holy Quarter, the black glass pearly take on the role of the narrator. ‘Wabar pearls’ stand for a connection with the universe and the origin of the earth and thus take on a mythological quality. Monira Al Qadiri confronts the viewer with a spatiotemporal delirium beyond Western notions of modernity

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