Director: Monira Al Qadiri
Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti visual artist and film maker born in Senegal 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. Her work explores the relationship between narcissism and masculinity, as well as other dysfunctional gender roles. She is currently expanding her practice towards social and political subjects. Al Qadiri has taken part in exhibitions and film screenings in Tokyo, Kuwait, Beirut, Dubai, Berlin, New York and Moscow among others. She is also part of the artist collective GCC, who has recently held a solo exhibition at MoMA PS1 in 2014.
With all the upheavals taking place in today’s uncertain world, how has the image of the apocalypse transformed over time? Is it still imagined within a romantic religious framework, or has it shifted towards darker, more unknown territory? This film attempts to explore the decaying portrait of the end of the world by using real-life footage: VHS tapes of the burning oil fields in Kuwait in 1991. These hellish images are combined with audio monologues from Islamic television programs, creating a picture of sublimity within destruction.