Abed Al Kadiri (b.1984, Beirut, Lebanon) double majored in Arabic Literature and Fine Arts at the Lebanese University. Solo exhibitions include Abu Ghraib (2006); In the Corner (2008); Identity Turbulences (2011); Al Maqama 2014 (2015); Ashes to the Sea (2016); Arcadia (2016), and Al Maqama Al Mosuliya (2017). Al Kadiri has also participated in several group exhibitions regionally and internationally including Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Istanbul, Hungary, Paris, Cambridge, and Basel.

From 2006-2015, Al Kadiri held various positions apart from his painterly practice. He worked as an art critic beginning in 2006, before establishing the FA Gallery, Kuwait, in 2010. He was the director of Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) Kuwait in 2012, which has become one of the leading non-profit arts institutions in the Middle East. There, he curated numerous exhibitions and developed an extensive education program. He also initiated art exchange programs making way for collaborations with major art spaces in France, Spain, Hungary, the UK, South Korea, Lebanon, Egypt, and the Gulf. In 2015, Al Kadiri left his position at CAP, and has been living in Beirut working as a full-time artist since 2016. He is the cofounder of Dongola, a publishing house for limited edition books produced by artists.

His work can be found in private and public collections, such as British Musuem, UK, Institute du monde Arabe, France, Barjeel Foundation, Sharjah, Sursock Museum, Lebanon, World Bank , Washington and Arab Fund, Kuwait. In 2017 he was awarded the Sursock Museum’s Jury Award at the 32nd Salon d’Automne.


2024.01.13 – 2024.03.02
Bldg 105, 199 Hengshan Road 200031 Shanghai China
2023.10.07 – 2023.11.18
DUMONTEIL Contemporary
8 Rue d'Aboukir 75002 Paris
The Story of the Rubber Tree
2018.03.09 – 2018.06.04
ursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon


Today I would like to be a Tree

Artist: Abed Al Kadiri
Extracts from Poems by Mariam Janejelo
Music: November - Max Richter
Dirctor: Emile Slailaty
DOP: Elias Daaboul
2nd Cam | Editing | Coloring: Ghadi El Alam


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