Monira Al Qadiri “Wa Waila” (Oh Torment)


Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti artist born in Senegal and educated in Japan. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. in inter-media art from Tokyo University of the Arts. Her research is focused on the aesthetics of sadness in the Middle-East, and her works explore the dysfunctional gender roles in Arab societies, as well as the displacement of cultural and religious identities. She has held solo exhibitions at Tokyo Wonder Site in Japan 2009, as well as the Sultan Gallery in Kuwait 2011.


The film Wa Waila (Oh Torment) is a surreal music video based on an old Kuwaiti folk song, whos words are almost like a trance of recurring tragedy and self-pity. It depicts love lost, displacement, gender identity, and death in a very visual, but also kitschy style. The men and women in the film are all in opposite roles, and the artist herself plays the part of the main male singer.


Title: Wa Waila (Oh Torment)

Time: 10 min

Year: 2008

Where Dreams Cross #15