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"Craft" is a word with diverse usages and meanings."The Craft" is the title of Monira al-Qadiri's solo, now up at the Sursock Museum's Twin Galleries.It's useful to enter Qadiri's show from the right, via Twin Gallery I."The Craft" is also the title of the 16-minute VHS-shot video that is the exhibition's narrative load-bearing wall.The tale of alien invasion that drives "The Craft" finds its end in Beirut, in 2011 .The works on show in "The Craft" have an international provenance, having been co-commissioned by the Sursock Museum and London's Gasworks gallery, which hosted the exhibition's 2017 premiere.Born in Senegal, the Kuwaiti national was educated in Japan, receiving a doctorate in media art at Tokyo University of the Arts, and has since been a serial resident of Beirut.Her art mines cultural practices in the Gulf region – a group show at the Sursock last year included a sculpture series of Qadiri's that aestheticizes drill bits used in oil exploration – but traces of Japanese practice sometimes color her work. Monira al-Qadiri's "The Craft" is up at the Sursock Museum's Twin Galleries through Feb. 5 .
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