The Craft (Exhibition)

The Craft (Exhibition): The first UK solo exhibition by Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri, it comprises sculptures, videos and sound works that envisage international diplomacy as an alien conspiracy. Shown in two distinct environments – a mysterious, pitch black anteroom and an American diner – these semi-autobiographical works of science fiction unearth the unlikely stories lurking in the shadows of the artist’s childhood in Kuwait. Revisiting the fantasies that she and her sister elaborated during these early years, they depict the culture and rituals of diplomacy by which they were then surrounded as literally otherworldly to the current rise of nationalism and political populism. Hinting at pop culture, futuristic architecture, junk food, dream readings, alien abductions, war and peace: all of the once solid staples of modern life become tainted by a sense of distrust that overshadows everything and reaches a crescendo when the protagonist discovers that the ‘American Century’ has finally ended. Taking place 13 July-10 September, 2017 at the Gasworks Gallery, Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street, London SE11 5RH​.