Monday, 5 March 2007

Steff S.

My recent curatorial interest has been invested in Dubai and its bizarre dynamics. As a place that is 88% composed of capital and sun-hungry expatriates, Dubai houses a collision of identities that creates a strong dichotomy between its traditional Islamic roots and its rapid cultural expansion.

The implementation of a contemporary art scene is a deliberate move by the government and monarchy to retaliate against criticism that the city lacks a soul; it reflects Dubai's competitive nature, as it aims to beat Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in their respective attempts to become the cultural capitals of the UAE.

With such funnel-vision intention, it would be easy for Dubai to become an ephemeral trend witin the art world. My primary interest is to contribute to the sustainability of its art scene, to infuse the fabric of the city with art instead of watching the city rely on auction house sales and art fairs.

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