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MONO.KLUB #51: FATIMA AL QADIRI / LONDON

Dear Friends,

last week’s launch of our new issue mono.kultur #43, featuring Kuwaiti producer and artist Fatima Al Qadiri, was so nice that we have to do it all again, this time in London. We will bring her series Bored 1997 to the walls of impossibly hip gallery space KK Outlet on Hoxton Square for two weeks, opening on Wednesday, May 03, at 19h.

Bored dates from 1997, when Fatima Al Qadiri, age 16, photographed her younger sister Monira, 14, in their father’s ‘hunting room’ performing various male personas in his clothes. What could be seen as simple kids’ role play, also marks a point in time to trace back to one of the central thematic concerns of Fatima Al Qadiri: ‘Gender performativity has been a link between my past and future, and throughout my career. It’s not an arbitrary element, it’s integral to my art and even music practice.’ The series is published for the first time in print with mono.kultur #43, featuring an extensive interview with Fatima Al Qadiri.

As ever, we look forward to seeing you there.
mono.kultur

Join the event on Facebook

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mono.klub #51
FATIMA AL QADIRI
Bored 1997

Launch of
mono.kultur #43
Fatima Al Qadiri:
Embedded Narratives

Oening: 03. May 2017 / 19h
Exhibition: 04 –15 May 2017
KK Outlet
42 Hoxton Square
London N1 6PB

www.kkoutlet.com
www.fatimaalqadiri.com
www.mono-kultur.com


MONO.KULTUR #43: FATIMA AL QADIRI

Dear Friends,

the world has taken a darker turn since we last spoke, so we feel it’s a fitting time for our new issue mono.kultur #43 with Kuwaiti producer and visual artist Fatima Al Qadiri.

Bending and fusing different genres of music, Al Qadiri has released a handful of largely instrumental albums that often imply narratives wrapped in a dystopian atmosphere, evoking an uncanny imagery of our increasingly oversaturated and disorienting information age. It is a simple yet complicated sound that owes as much to electronic music and video game soundtracks as it does to Russian composers and Arab musical traditions.

It is music that draws not only from an eclectic range of contrasting influences, but from a layered personal background: Born in Senegal, Fatima Al Qadiri grew up in Kuwait, but was exposed to electronic music and club culture during frequent stays in London and studies in the USA. It is in New York where she soon established her own place within the art and music scenes, as comfortable producing music in her own name as she is conceiving art installations as a member of the artist collective GCC or providing sound to the fashion shows of labels such as Telfar and Hood by Air.

But regardless of the genre or medium, almost all of Al Qadiri’s work is defined by the thematic undercurrents that run throughout her records, installations, and collaborations, dealing with cultural stereotypes, notions of place and displacement, regional and global politics, and concepts of national but also gender and sexual identity. Hers is a sound very much of the here and now, channeling not only a multi-layered past, but a complicated present, processing a flux of input and information. Sound as a filtered reality, a kind of digital compression of personal obsessions and contemporary concerns.

With mono.kultur, Fatima Al Qadiri talked about the narratives within her music, the rhythm of history, and the soundtrack to burning oil fields.

Visually, the issue traces an arc from Fatima Al Qadiri’s youth to her current work. The main imagery comes from her series Bored 1997, for which, at 16, she took photographs of her younger sister Monira dressing up in their father’s clothes. The series is published here for the first time in print, interspersed with stills from a current video work on gender reversal and Kuwaiti rituals, inserted as static stickers.

Available as ever through our online store mono.konsum, or at the trusted book dealer of your choice very soon indeed.

Enjoy and all our best,
mono.kultur

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mono.kultur #43
FATIMA AL QADIRI: EMBEDDED NARRATIVES
“I want to be heard and not seen.”
Spring 2017 / English / 15 x 20 cm / 40 Pages / 4 Static Stickers

Interview by Daniel Berndt
Works by Fatima Al Qadiri
Design by Fuchs Borst

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MONO.KLUB #50: FATIMA AL QADIRI POSTSCRIPT II

And for those who could not make it last Thursday, here is what you missed… All images are from Fatima Al Qadiri’s series Bored 1997, which she took in, erm, 1997, of her sister Monira Al Qadiri dressing up in their father’s clothes. 20 years later, the series was exhibited for the first time at Between Bridges to celebrate the launch of mono.kultur #43.

Londoners, in the meantime, will have a chance to celebrate with us next week.

MONO.KLUB #50: FATIMA AL QADIRI POSTSCRIPT I

Now that our heads have cleared, what remains are hazy memories of a really nice evening: thank you Fatima, thank you Between Bridges, thank you everyone who made their way out west last week for our 50th installment of mono.klub. It was nice. We’ll do it again. Next week, in fact.

MONO.PUNKT #38: LIBROS MUTANTES / MADRID

Art Book Fair

Casa Encendida
Ronda de Valencia, 2
28012 Madrid

START: Today, 5pm

MONO.KULTUR #43 / SOUNDBITE 03

Launched this Thursday, released online next week: mono.kultur #43, featuring Kuwaiti producer and artist Fatima Al Qadiri.

MONO.PUNKT #37: INDEX 2017 MEXICO

We imagine dust settling in the sun beams creeping through wooden Venetian blinds and over hundreds of fine books with illustrious drawings and laborious design, slightly smudged by print-stained fingers sore from browsing. Of course, the reality will look nothing like it but be just as beautiful. Ladies and gents, Index Art Book Fair at Museo Jumex will open this Friday.

Index Art Book Fair 2017
14–16 April 2017

Museo Jumex
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 303
Col. Granada, Ciudad de México, D.F.
Mexico

MONO.KLUB #50: FATIMA AL QADIRI


Dear Friends,

the 50th edition of our esteemed mono.klub series coincides with the release of mono.kultur #43, featuring Kuwaiti producer and artist Fatima Al Qadiri. We will celebrate the occasion with an exhibition, for one night only, of Al Qadiri’s series Bored 1997 at Between Bridges on 20 April 2017.

Bored dates from 1997, when Fatima Al Qadiri, age 16, photographed her younger sister Monira, 14, in their father’s ‘hunting room’ performing various male personas in his clothes. What could be seen as simple kids’ role play, also marks a point in time to trace back to one of the central thematic concerns of Fatima Al Qadiri: ‘Gender performativity has been a link between my past and future, and throughout my career. It’s not an arbitrary element, it’s integral to my art and even music practice.’ The series is published for the first time in print with mono.kultur #43, featuring an extensive interview with Fatima Al Qadiri.

As ever, we look forward to seeing you there.
mono.kultur

PS. Fatima and Monira Al Qadiri will both be present.

Join the event on Facebook

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mono.klub #50
FATIMA AL QADIRI
Bored 1997

Launch of
mono.kultur #43
Fatima Al Qadiri:
Embedded Narratives

20. April 2017 / 19h
Between Bridges
Keithstrasse 15
10787 Berlin

www.betweenbridges.net
www.fatimaalqadiri.com
www.mono-kultur.com

MONO.KULTUR #43 / SOUNDBITE 02

mono.kultur #43: a protest issue, of sorts.

SOPHIE CALLE / HERE LIE THE SECRETS OF THE VISITORS OF GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY

Creative Time has recently announced the commission of Here Lie the Secrets of the Visitors of Green-Wood Cemetery,  a 25 year long new public artwork by the internationally renowned French conceptual artist and current mono.kultur cover star, Sophie Calle co-presented with Green-Wood Cemetery. The project will debut with a two daylong inaugural event on April 29th and 30th, 2017. The artist will be present on April 29th and 30th from 12 – 5 PM. To inaugurate the project, the public is invited to Green-Wood Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to privately unburden and inter their most intimate confessions. During the two-day opening, in a setting nestled among the mausoleums and monuments of Green-Wood’s verdant rolling hills, visitors will transcribe their secrets onto paper, and deposit them into the earth below, through a slot on a marble obelisk of Calle’s design. The artist will be on hand during the two-day event to receive some visitors’ secrets.