Calling Al Qadiri a “master of suspicion,” Gasworks curator Sabel Gavaldon said that the artist’s ability to create speculative scenarios is what makes her work so innately powerful. She imagines “parallel universes that are both terrifying, fascinating, and otherworldly…until you realize that they are not so far from the actual world we live in,” Gavaldon said. Like an archaeologist, he continued, Al Qadiri unearths tiny fragments of a future that is already here.
Formerly a member of the artist collective
, Al Qadiri has increasingly gained attention for her personal practice. In 2018, she participated in the Athens Biennial, the Luleå Biennial, and the Asia Pacific Triennial. Earlier this year, she debuted a large outdoor sculpture at PinchukArtCentre
’s Future Generation Art Prize exhibition
in Venice. This fall, she’ll open a solo show at Kunstverein Göttingen in late September, and will present work in the group show “Theater of Operations” at MoMA PS1