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The Tragedy of Self // Monira Al Qadiri

November 26, 2009

This might be a little out of the way for most of us, but if your in Tokyo on Saturday, come out and support our friend Monira Al Qadiri. She will be exhibiting “The Tragedy of Self,” under a joint program with Tokyo Wonder Wall (TWW), a public annual exhibition sponsored by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

Here what she had to say:

In defining the temperament of the modern age, I believe that the concept of the “self” is a very important one. We are automatically lead into a system that trains us to glorify ourselves and become indifferent to others. However, in doing so we eventually become isolated from the world, and come to experience a certain emptiness in only being able to confront our beautified selves. In short, we are constantly participating in a tragic cycle of narcissism, often unknowingly. In my work I have attempted to create a series of images depicting myself as an androgynous saint-like figure, and by doing so I’m trying to put a focus on the narcissism of this age, and express the sadness that exists within it.

When: Saturday November 28, 2009
Time: ARTIST TALK 16:00 – 17:00
*Guest speaker: Kenji Kubota (Independent Curator)
Opening Reception: 17:00 – 19:00

For those of you not familiar with Monira’s talent, check out her past group exhibition Goth Gulf Visual Vortex. It was fantastic!

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