Ramadan Soaps: The Workers Will Not Be Televised

Ramadan Soaps: The Workers Will Not Be Televised (Creative Time Reports)
By Monira Al Qadiri Kuwait City, Kuwait

During Ramadan, watching TV series—many created specifically for the month of fasting—becomes a social event for millions of Muslims around the world. Here, the Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri manipulates soap operas produced in the Gulf to highlight a missing figure: the migrant worker who cleans up the lavish homes where melodramatic scenes unfold.
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Week 40 . Jenny Polak . Catalogue of Modern Labor Camp Typologies (Captive Workforce Available On Request)

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Digital Catalogue, 2014

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

To view the full catalogue, download, or print, 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 39 . Zanny Begg and Oliver Ressler . The Right of Passage

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The Right of Passage, HD film, 19 min, 2013 (Online Premiere)

This week’s contribution to Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks is by Zanny Begg and Oliver Ressler
To view the film website, 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 38 . Nida Sinnokrot . KA (JCB, JCB)

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KA (JCB, JCB), 2009

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

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

To view additional images of the production process in a labor camp outside of Dubai, click here (and then expand the image)

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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 37 . Mazatl . Farmworker Justice

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​Farmworker Justice, poster

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

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

Created in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) based in Florida, Santiago Mazatl’s poster connects struggles for migrant worker rights in Abu Dhabi to movements for farmworker justice in the United States. To learn more about the CIW’s work to combat modern-day slavery and other labor abuses common in agriculture 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.

Gulf Labor Letter to Guggenheim (June 2014)

To the Director, Deputy Director, Abu Dhabi Project Manager, and Abu Dhabi Curator of the Guggenheim Museum:

It was good to meet together last Friday. As we emphasized in the meeting, now that the construction tenders have gone out, the situation of the workers absolutely must be prioritized immediately, or the Guggenheim will find itself in the same position as NYU. Continue reading

Week 36 . Pablo Helguera . “At the very least…”

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“At the very least…”  from the series “Artoons”, 2010.

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

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.