Refined Vision


Monira Al Qadiri
Edited by Tyler Blackwell

6.7 × 9 inches, 68 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-1-941753-60-6

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Co-published by Inventory Press & Blaffer Art Museum

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Monira Al Qadiri (b. 1983) is one of the most important artists to emerge from the Persian Gulf region in recent years. Now based in Berlin, Al Qadiri’s work examines “petrocultures”: societies associated with and informed by the practice and discourse around the consumption of, and dependence on, oil. Published on the occasion of the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States, Refined Vision features recent and newly commissioned work that ranges from the surreal to the melancholic, reflecting the intense and often astonishing scenes that make up the artist’s real (and imagined) memories of her formative years in the Middle East. Al Qadiri’s inspiration for this exhibition was the parallel between the Gulf Coast of Texas and the Persian Gulf region. She poignantly invokes images and tableaux familiar to both locales, in the hopes that themes will resonate and overlap. Refined Vision includes a newly commissioned text by curator and educator Amin Alsaden and a conversation between the artist and exhibition curator Tyler Blackwell.