mono.kultur #43Fatima Al Qadiri

Few independent magazines have lasted as long as mono.kultur and even fewer have maintained an artistic and editorial integrity in the same way that they have. Founded in 2005 mono.kultur is an interview magazine dedicated to one conversation per issue and each feels as precious as the last. Within every edition readers are privy to fascinating conversations with innovative artists, designers, musicians and filmmakers. Carefully edited and lovingly produced, each issue is developed in close collaboration with the featured artist, and redesigned from scratch to perfectly represent their work and world.

mono.kultur #43 features Kuwaiti producer and visual artist Fatima Al Qadiri and launches in London with an exhibition at KK Outlet.

Born in Senegal, Fatima Al Qadiri grew up in Kuwait, but was exposed to electronic music and club culture during frequent stays in London and studies in the USA. Thanks to her background Fatima’s influences range from electronic music and video game soundtracks to Russian composers and Arab musical traditions.

With mono.kultur, Fatima Al Qadiri talked about the narratives within her music, the cycles of history, and the soundtrack to burning oil fields. Visually, the issue traces an arc from Fatima Al Qadiri’s youth to her current work. The main imagery comes from her series Bored 1997, for which, at 16, she took photographs of her younger sister Monira dressing up in their father’s clothes.

The series is published here for the first time in print, interspersed with stills from a current video work on gender reversal and Kuwaiti rituals, inserted as static stickers.