Sophia Al Maria is an artist, writer and filmmaker hailing from Qatar and the USA. Al Maria studied comparative literature at the American University of Cairo, and aural and visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Al Maria’s work has been exhibited at the Gwangju Biennale, the New Museum in New York, and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Her writing has appeared in Bidoun, Triple Canopy, Five Dials and Harper’s Magazine.
Fatima Al Qadiri is a New York-based Kuwaiti composer and visual artist. She has performed and exhibited at the Tate Modern (part of K48 Kontinuum), MoMA PS1, New Museum, Performa, Art Dubai and Hauser & Wirth. Al Qadiri is a contributing editor at DIS Magazine and contributor to Bidoun. She has produced music as a solo act under her name and as Ayshay.
On Air: How Can I Resist U (2011)
The ikono On Air Festival will show Sophia Al Maria and Fatima Al Qadiri’s “How Can I Resist U.”
Fatima Al Qadiri’s ‘How Can I Resist U’ is a love letter to London in general and Dubstep (before it wobbled) in particular. “Lenden” as it’s known has become a historic site of pilgrimage for wealthy Arabs seeking the forbidden fruits of sex, drugs and alcohol.
Interspersed with Youtube footage of Ma’alaya dances specific to Gulf countries like UAE and Oman–the super cars, dancing girls and brutalist council estates in the video are part of the down-and-dirty dream that a trip to London signifies for Khaleejis (Gulf Arabs). The color of the video is based on an infamous Arab royal’s custom ‘Gulf Blue’ Koenigsegg CCXR that terrorized the streets of the city’s posh neighborhoods.
Sophia Al Maria’s WordPress
Sophia Al Maria on Twitter
Sophia Al Maria on Vimeo
Fatima Al Qadiri website
Pâté, published by Commonspace www.commonspacestudio.com/pate.html
Fatima Al Qadiri on Youtube
Fatima Al Qadiri – D-Medley on Youtube
Book Trailer for Sophia Al Maria’s The Girl Who Fell to Earth:
Top Image: Excerpt from Sophia Al Maria and Fatima Al Qadiri’s How Can I Resist U (2011)