Abed Al Kadiri
Opening reception: Thursday 8 March from 18:00 to 21:00
Working primarily in painting, Abed Al Kadiri’s research focuses on notions of deprivation in society through the lens of cultural heritage and belonging.
The Story of the Rubber Tree presents new work by the artist comprising of painting, sculpture, and video.
Al Kadiri explores the multilayered relationships of rubber trees discovered in abandoned houses in Beirut. As the houses were left empty, the tree becomes witness to the memories of those that once inhabited the site.
In the video installation, Al Kadiri confronts the reality of the rubber tree through comprehensive documentation, far removed from improvisation or the illustrative. Moving across mediums to painting and sculpture, the memory of the site is elevated, drawing attention to the different moments occupying the lifeline of the rubber tree.
About the artist
Abed Al Kadiri (b. 1984, Beirut, Lebanon) double majored in Arabic Literature and Fine Arts at the Lebanese University. Solo exhibitions include Al Maqama 2014, Dar Al Funoon, Kuwait (2014); Ashes to the Sea, Mark Hachem Gallery, Beirut (2016); Arcadia, Al Bareh Art Gallery, Bahrain (2016); and Al Maqama Al Mosuliya, BAF (2017). He was awarded the Sursock Museum Prize at the 32nd Salon d’Automne, 2016.