Lecture: Fatima Al Qadiri (Tokyo, 2014)
Senegal-born, Kuwait-raised, and New York City-residing visual artist and producer Fatima Al Qadiri pulls together a heady blend of personal and political geographies. As a child, she experienced the Gulf War first hand with the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait – a trauma that was furthered by her love for video games, and playing the Gulf War-glorifying Desert Strike video game barely two years after she saw her native Kuwait destroyed. Memory has become a crucial element to how she melts music down into her own hyper-digital, often beatless landscapes: her 2014 debut LP on Hyperdub, Asiatisch, presents a Western view of China through experimental grime productions. Listen in as she recounts her unique personal history and talks about how she re-frames seemingly disparate sounds and ideas.