Gulf Labor: “Guggenheim Continues to Treat Worker Abuse as PR Problem”

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Gulf Labor: “Recent activities appear focused more on “image management,” including the hiring of the PR firm Brunswick Group to respond to the activities of groups and individuals that raise issues relating to labor conditions on Saadiyat Island. Chairman William L. Mack, and President Jennifer Blei Stockman of the Guggenheim Foundation’s Board of Trustees, as well as those advising the authorities in Abu Dhabi and TDIC, need to recognize that this issue cannot be solved by treating it as a public relations problem.” Continue reading

Guggenheim pressured reporter about “ties to Gulf Labor”

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© Molly Crabapple for VICE

Art Fag City: “We have now received leaked email correspondence between the Guggenheim and Molly Crabapple while she was working on this story. These emails reveal a shocking unwillingness to provide any statement to journalists who [Guggenheim] speculate[s] might be involved in any pro-worker activist efforts, such as Gulf Labor.

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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.