Fatima Al Qadiri is a Brooklyn-based composer and artist, born in Senegal and raised in Kuwait. Al Qadiri uses a surreal life experience to act as melodic narrator in her latest body of work Desert Strike, which also serves as her Fade to Mind debut.
In 1992, ten year old Fatima Al Qadiri bought a copy of “Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf”, a top-down shooter game for Sega Megadrive based on Operation Desert Storm. A year prior, Kuwait’s inhabitants had experienced the apocalyptic vision of aerial bombings, air raid sirens, and skies filled with smoke from black oil fires. Time collapsed, schools closed, Fatima and her sister, Monira, spent their entire time at play-and began an addiction to video games that lasted for several years.
Playing “Desert Strike”, a game that coldly depicts strikes on civilian and military targets was an amalgamation of actual and virtual war game realities for Al Qadiri. This EP of original works is dedicated to the synthesis of terror and child-like wonder, to the strategies of imagination and gaming, while sonically paying homage to the militaristic futurism of early grime.