Circl.ART

The exhibition ‘Reservoir Bits’ from the Kuwaiti artist Monira al Qadiri (1983) is on view from June 22 through September 22 2018 in Circl.ART, the art project space of ABN AMRO.

‘Reservoir Bits’ is part of GET LOST – art route, an event which pairs promising young artists with enterprises on and around Zuidas. Via this confrontation, both parties are lifted out of their comfort zone, thereby creating a breeding ground for new ideas. Furthermore, GET LOST provides the artists an extended platform, while at the same time introducing new talent to visitors of Zuidas. In this second edition, artists reflect on the ‘Code of Conduct,’ a company’s articulation of their core values. Twenty companies in total take part and made twelve artworks possible.

In Circl.ART, ABN AMRO’s art space, artist Monira Al Qadiri takes the spectator into a mysterious world. Meanwhile, she asks currently relevant questions about oil, wealth, sustainability and identity. Her approach is closely aligned with one of the core principles of ABN AMRO, a focus on sustainability and the circular economy. The circular pavilion therefore offers the perfect setting for Al Qadiri’s work, which examines oil as a source of wealth in relation to the knowledge that it is no longer acceptable to exhaust the earth’s resources. What would it mean for the world if we abandoned the use of this fossil fuel? And what would that mean for Kuwait, a country that not only derives its wealth, but also its identity, from oil?

Without presenting ready-made answers or passing harsh moral judgments, Al Qadiri provides us with poetic images that set us off thinking about this issue. She presents drill bits as magically spinning archeological objects: while resembling pieces of jewelry, their movements evoke drilling itself, turning our thoughts to the oil the entire world is addicted to, and thus our greed. This ambiguity can also be found in ‘Majnoon’, a textile-based sculpture that, while being airy and colorful, is inspired by one of the world’s largest oil fields in South-Iraq. When discovered in 1975 it was named Majnoon, Arabic for insane, referring to its giant size and the mythical status oil had assumed. For Al Qadiri, this name also symbolizes the absurd situation we now find ourselves in: oil extraction, meant to enrich our lives, is increasingly threatening to jeopardize our lives as well.

GET LOST – art route

GET LOST – art route generates art in public space by partnering organizations at Amsterdam Zuidas with young promising artists. For the map, the audio companion and the most up to date info on the program and guided tours see the free catalogue in the exhibition and www.getlost-artroute.com.

More about Circl.ART

Art is constantly in a state of flux. Artists manage to make unconventional connections, dare to dream and more quickly sense, as the 'seismometers' of our times, what goes on in the world around us. Vision and a free way of thinking lie at the heart of a circular economy. Circl.ART is, for that reason, intended as a platform for new developments in art – art that stimulates the imagination and anticipates social and topical themes. At the same time, Circl.ART aims to provide a podium that enables artists to reach a wide audience. This could involve presentations of work from the ABN AMRO collection or other contemporary art that focuses on social topics such as the circular economy, while also showcasing exhibitions of young and rising talent, sometimes in connection with the ABN AMRO Art Award. For more information, see the archive exhibition programm Circl.Art​ (PDF 655 KB).