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

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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

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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 

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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

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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 45 . Andrea Fraser . 132 €


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132 €published as an advertisement in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Sunday, August 17, 2014.

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This week’s contribution to Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks is by Andrea Fraser

To download, print, or simply see a higher resolution version of the work, please click 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).

“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.

 

Creative Time Reports: Who’s Happy About the “Island of Happiness?” It’s Not the Construction Workers

In this episode of Forms of Life, Creative Time’s chief curator, Nato Thompson, speaks with artist Naeem Mohaiemen, NYU professor of social and cultural analysis Andrew Ross and Laura Diamond Dixit of the group Who Builds Your Architecture? about the harsh conditions faced by workers building branches of the Guggenheim, the Louvre and NYU in Abu Dhabi.

Click here to see the full podcast

Week 44 . CAMP . How Long has it Been?

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How Long has it Been?, poster, 2014

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

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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 43 . SITU Studio . Live / Work

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Live / Work, poster, 2014

This week’s contribution to Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks is by SITU Studio

To download, print, or simply see a higher resolution version of the work, please click 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).

“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 42 . Gulf Labor West

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QR code design by Doris Bittar, 2014

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

Gulf Labor West launches its new website. We draw a direct line from the Arabian/Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Mexico – two pools of migrant laborers whose rights, safety and dignity we seek.

Scan your phone over the QR code and read more about us.

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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.

 

“The Abduction of Freedom-In-Equality, 2014,” contribution from Todd Ayoung and Jelena Stojanovic

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The abduction of Liberte’, Egalite’, Fraternite’, 2014

This contribution to Gulf Labor is by TODD AYOUNG AND JELENA STOJANOVIĆ 
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The Louvre (FIRST public museum of Art) was opened during the French revolution as a token of a democratic change….With the Louvre Abu Dubai construction, the museum is currently advocating the continuing exploitation of migrant workers in the name of global capitalist culture.