“Degrees of Danger in the United Arab Emirates” by Andrew Ross (The Baffler)

Gulf Labor member Andrew Ross on the limits of free speech in Abu Dhabi.

Read the full article here.

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Gulf Labor is a coalition of artists and activists who have been working since 2011 to highlight the coercive recruitment, and deplorable living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island (Island of Happiness). Our campaign focuses on the workers who are building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum (in collaboration with the British Museum).

GULF Labor Renews Protest Against Abu Dhabi Expansion Plan At Guggenheim Museum Dinner (Photos)

Read the full New York Times coverage of the event here.

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Image credits: Csaba Nemes _________________________________________________________________________

Gulf Labor is a coalition of artists and activists who have been working since 2011 to highlight the coercive recruitment, and deplorable living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island (Island of Happiness). Our campaign focuses on the workers who are building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum (in collaboration with the British Museum).

Thank you to all 52 Weeks Contributors + Upcoming Campaign: “COUNTDOWN”

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Thanks to all the artists, activists and others who contributed to 52 Weeks!

Please be on the lookout for our upcoming campaign: COUNTDOWN

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Gulf Labor is a coalition of artists and activists who have been working since 2011 to highlight the coercive recruitment, and deplorable living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island (Island of Happiness). Our campaign focuses on the workers who are building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum (in collaboration with the British Museum).

“52 Weeks” is a one year campaign starting in October 2013. Artists, writers, and activists from different cities and countries are invited to contribute a work, a text, or action each week that relates to or highlights the unjust living and working conditions of migrant laborers building cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi.

Week 52 . Claire Fontaine . Untitled (Profit comes from exploitation)

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Untitled (Profit comes from exploitation), 2014
Digital print, dimensions (29 ½” x 41 ¾”) (106 x 75cm)

This week’s contribution to Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks is by Claire Fontaine

To download, print, or simply see a higher resolution version of the work, please click here or right click and then click “Save As”

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Gulf Labor is a coalition of artists and activists who have been working since 2011 to highlight the coercive recruitment, and deplorable living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island (Island of Happiness). Our campaign focuses on the workers who are building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum (in collaboration with the British Museum).

 

“52 Weeks” is a one year campaign starting in October 2013. Artists, writers, and activists from different cities and countries are invited to contribute a work, a text, or action each week that relates to or highlights the unjust living and working conditions of migrant laborers building cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi.

Week 51 . Suha Traboulsi . Guggenheim Appetizer

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Guggenheim Appetizer, newspaper cut-out, 2014.

This week’s contribution to Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks is by Suha Traboulsi

To download, print, or simply see a higher resolution version of the work, please click here or right click and then click “Save Link As”

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Gulf Labor is a coalition of artists and activists who have been working since 2011 to highlight the coercive recruitment, and deplorable living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island (Island of Happiness). Our campaign focuses on the workers who are building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum (in collaboration with the British Museum).

“52 Weeks” is a one year campaign starting in October 2013. Artists, writers, and activists from different cities and countries are invited to contribute a work, a text, or action each week that relates to or highlights the unjust living and working conditions of migrant laborers building cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi.

Week 50 . Pat McElnea . Guests

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Guests, SD Video, 2007-14 (video still). Guests consists of footage shot in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from 2007. 

This week’s contribution to Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks is by Pat McElnea

To watch the video (no sound), please click below

guests from Pat McElnea on Vimeo.

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Gulf Labor is a coalition of artists and activists who have been working since 2011 to highlight the coercive recruitment, and deplorable living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island (Island of Happiness). Our campaign focuses on the workers who are building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum (in collaboration with the British Museum).

“52 Weeks” is a one year campaign starting in October 2013. Artists, writers, and activists from different cities and countries are invited to contribute a work, a text, or action each week that relates to or highlights the unjust living and working conditions of migrant laborers building cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi.

Week 49 . Dread Scott . Your Elite Status is Guaranteed

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Your Elite Status is Guaranteed, poster, 2014

This week’s contribution to Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks is by Dread Scott

To download, print, or simply see a higher resolution version of the work, please click here or right click and then click “Save Link As”

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Gulf Labor is a coalition of artists and activists who have been working since 2011 to highlight the coercive recruitment, and deplorable living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island (Island of Happiness). Our campaign focuses on the workers who are building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum (in collaboration with the British Museum).

“52 Weeks” is a one year campaign starting in October 2013. Artists, writers, and activists from different cities and countries are invited to contribute a work, a text, or action each week that relates to or highlights the unjust living and working conditions of migrant laborers building cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi.

Week 48 . Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge . Points of View

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Points of View, staged photograph, 2014. [Documentary image: Burj Dubai construction workers, June 4, 2007, Imre Solt (GFDL)]

This week’s contribution to Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks is by Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge

To download, print, or simply see a higher resolution version of the work, please right click here and then click on “Save Link As”

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Gulf Labor is a coalition of artists and activists who have been working since 2011 to highlight the coercive recruitment, and deplorable living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island (Island of Happiness). Our campaign focuses on the workers who are building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum (in collaboration with the British Museum).

“52 Weeks” is a one year campaign starting in October 2013. Artists, writers, and activists from different cities and countries are invited to contribute a work, a text, or action each week that relates to or highlights the unjust living and working conditions of migrant laborers building cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi.

Week 47 . Janet Koenig . 2015: Grand Opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi

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2015: Grand Opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, digital collage, 2014

This week’s contribution to Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks is by Janet Koenig 

To download, print, or simply see a higher resolution version of the work, please right click here and then click “Save Link As”

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Gulf Labor is a coalition of artists and activists who have been working since 2011 to highlight the coercive recruitment, and deplorable living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island (Island of Happiness). Our campaign focuses on the workers who are building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum (in collaboration with the British Museum).

“52 Weeks” is a one year campaign starting in October 2013. Artists, writers, and activists from different cities and countries are invited to contribute a work, a text, or action each week that relates to or highlights the unjust living and working conditions of migrant laborers building cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi.

Week 46 . Paul Graham . I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind

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I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind,  9 Color Photographs in Grid, 2013

This week’s contribution to Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks is by Paul Graham

To download, print, or simply see a higher resolution version of the work, please right click here and then click “save link as”

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Gulf Labor is a coalition of artists and activists who have been working since 2011 to highlight the coercive recruitment, and deplorable living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island (Island of Happiness). Our campaign focuses on the workers who are building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum (in collaboration with the British Museum).

“52 Weeks” is a one year campaign starting in October 2013. Artists, writers, and activists from different cities and countries are invited to contribute a work, a text, or action each week that relates to or highlights the unjust living and working conditions of migrant laborers building cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi.