Onus Art Installation by Monira Al Qadiri

Onus is a glass installation by Kuwaiti visual artist Monira Al Qadiri. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw the pictures and read the story behind it.

During the Gulf War, dead birds, fish, and animals regularly lined the coastline and deserts because of the massive toxic clouds fed by hundreds of torched oil wells. When images of these oil-drenched animals were shared in the news, many people thought they were fake and just propaganda. Monira learned of this misconception while she was studying at university in Japan and so Onus is her way of breathing life back into her memories by recreating these oil-drenched birds as glass objects.

If you’re in Berlin, Monira’s work is currently on display at the Koenig Galerie. If you want to see more of her work online, check out her Instagram @moniraism or website

7 replies on “Onus Art Installation by Monira Al Qadiri”

well. I meant to say it was sad that Monira had to go to Japan to learn about this ‘misconception’ while ideally a Kuwaiti should have learnt about Gulf history in Kuwait (or at least somewhere in the Middle East) instead of going all the way to Japan.

But I guess my communication skills are as bad as my reading skills

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