Week 25 . Rawi Hage . CARNIVAL


CARNIVAL, poster, 2012 

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

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

The text is an excerpt from the novel CARNIVAL by Rawi Hage (2012).

The author is grateful to the following people for their contribution to the design, and to the translations from English into the various languages. Jennifer de Freitas at Associés Libres Design, Foreign language typesetting: Resolvis.ca, Anita Badami and Rahul Varma (Hindi), Rita Boustany (Arabic), Asoke Chakravarty (Bengali), Dominique Fortier (French), Murtaza Haider (Urdu). Also a special thanks to Madhav Badami, Rana Bose and Azza Tawil.


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On Saturday, March 29 protesters dropped fake dollar bills into the atrium of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The action was organized by G.U.L.F (Global Ultra Luxury Faction).

To view more images of the action click here

To view video of the action click here


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.

To learn more visit: www.gulflabor.org

Please read and/or sign our petition

For additional information, please email: contact@gulflabor.org

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