‘Muhawwil (Transformer)’ is a four-channel video installation based on Islamic figurative murals on electric power stations in Kuwait.
These murals mark a transformation in religious discourse within Gulf societies: where once only calligraphic depictions of this nature were allowed, today’s pop-culture and the mass-production of images have forced conservative entities to reconsider this tradition and adopt a mutated technique to convey moral advice in the form of wall paintings.
This project reconstructs these paintings into animations, so as to highlight the dilemma of representation that exists between the ancient and the modern.
Monira Al Qadiri is part of the artist collective GCC and she will be participating in Tasmeem 2017, VCUQatar’s biannual art conference.
This exhibition is curated by Maysaa Al Mumin, VCUQatar Assistant Professor in Art Foundation. The exhibition will run from 18 January until 18 February 2017 at VCUQatar’s Gallery and is free and open to the public. The opening reception will take place on 18 January at 6 pm.
Gallery opening hours:
Saturday – Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm. Closed on Friday