Abed Al Kadiri

Lebanese Artist and Curator. Abed Al Kadiri focuses on the deprivation of freedom in society by analyzing contemporary issues of cultural heritage, occupation, migration and belonging in his work. He double majored in Arabic Literature and Fine Arts at the Lebanese University and graduated with a higher studies in the Fine Arts in 2006. Upon the 2006 Lebanon War, Al Kadiri relocated to Kuwait through 2015 when he moved back to Lebanon to focus on his career as an artist and also continue his MA in fine art and museum studies.

Al Kadiri’s solos include Abu Ghraib at The Faculty of Fine Arts in Beirut (2006), In the Corner at the Lebanese Artists Association in Beirut (2008) and Identity Turbulences at FA Gallery in Kuwait (2011) and Witnesses at Circle Gallery in Beirut (2011) he has participated in several group exhibitions regionally and internationally. .

In addition Al Kadiri has contributed to the field as an arts advocate and curator. He worked as an art critic in the cultural section of Al­Seyassah and later headed national art criticism at Awan Daily, where he established a two page section “Tashkeel” that highlights the arts and art world news in the Arab world. In 2010 Al Kadiri established FA Gallery, the first gallery in Kuwait to be recognized as part of the international art scene and first to participate in an art fair outside the Arab world. In early 2012 he took on the role of Director at Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait, the leading non­profit arts institution in the region. There he curated numerous exhibitions, developed an extensive education program and contributed to a rise in attention and focus on the emerging Kuwaiti contemporary art scene and initiated art exchange programs in Spain, Hungary, UK, South Korea, Lebanon and the Gulf region.

Al Kadiri work confirms the conformity of humane cultureand its crime. Uniting his Lebanese upbringing to that of his current life for the past 9 years in Kuwait, and exposing the dispossessions of the Arabic culture and its ramifications, does he become a spokesman of ideals, juxtaposed against its same realities. The harshness of humanity, its diverse characters, its beautification and brushed viciousness are all brought up with oil, acrylics, pencil, ink, and mixed media valued on the scale of cultural nostalgia.