On the sidelines of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia – the PinchukArtCentre and Victor Pinchuk Foundation presented works by 21 young artists across 17 countries, shortlisted for the 5th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize – the global art prize for artists aged 35 or younger. Established in 2009, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the prize’s founding.

One doesn’t need to look too far down the list of artists to spot two very familiar names – Monira Al Qadiri and Alia Farid. For some time now, these Kuwaiti artists have been heading the slow rise of art from within the Gulf’s most northern state.

The work is exhibited at Palazzo C’ Tron, Venice, thru’ 18 August 2019

Monira Qadiri

Qadiri’s recent projects investigate the implications of the oil industry for the countries of the Arabian Gulf region, and the precarity of their imminent future. The artist enquires what will be left to commemorate once this transient era of petroleum is over.

“I find myself preoccupied with history these days, and how not knowing it affects our future. There is a physical impossibility of experiencing the past fully, yet as people we make the most sincere effort to relive it somehow. My work reflects on time as a place and a way of thought.”

Alien Technology, 2014–2019

fiberglass, automotive paint

Courtesy of the Artist

Co-produced by PinchukArtCentre

Alia Farid

Farid is no stranger to Venice having previously participated in a curatorial role for the project “Acquiring Modernity” that was presented as the Kuwait pavilion at the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennale in 2014.

Farid’s work presented at the PinchukArtCentre, titled Vault, is an artistic response to the failed processes of modernization and issues surrounding representation. Often fragmented display combines symbols from the past and present that speak of the dissipation of Arab polytheism with the advent of Islam, and the rise of a new materialism with the advent of oil.

Vault, 2019

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Courtesy of the Artist

Produced by PinchukArtCentre and Galerie Imane Farès