The writer and artist Sophia Al-Maria works at the intersection of documentary filmmaking, performance, and cinematic experimentations in the spirit of the new wave and post-Internet. Together with musician Fatima Al-Qadiri she coined the term Gulf Futurism, which defines the utopian landscapes of the rich countries of the Middle East, where skyscrapers rise above deserts.
With her experience as a TV screenwriter, Al-Maria often experiments with the story structure: in her video collages, one can find elements of contemporary dance, film, reality shows, and music videos. On view at her first exhibition in Russia will be her latest film, Beast Type Song, the two-part work The Future was Desert, and other works revealing the duality of identity at the border of West and East.
Curator: Valentin Diaconov
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