Abu Dhabi

Post image for At Venice Biennale, Artists Stage a Pageant for Precarious Workers in Abu Dhabi

VENICE — When I arrived in Venice three weeks ago, I immediately headed to the tip of the Donsoduro to S.a.L.E. docks, a contemporary art space run by artist and activist Marco Baravalle. As part of its Biennale programming, the G.U.L.F. was set to have the Precarious Workers Pageant that evening.

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Post image for Artist Imprisoned in Abu Dhabi Over Facebook Post

An artist was imprisoned in Abu Dhabi this week, but not for political activism, or any other reasons you might expect.

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Post image for French Museum Authority Confirms Worker Death at Louvre Abu Dhabi Site

The Agence France-Muséums has confirmed reports, brought to light recently by the activist and artist group Gulf Labor, that a 28-year-old Pakistani worker died on June 8 at the construction site of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi museum.

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Post image for 60 Art World Luminaries Pressure UAE on “Chilling Precedent” Set by Recent Bans

The directors of some of the world’s most important art institutions, including the Tate and MoMA, have written a letter to UAE-affiliated art organizations asserting that “artists and academics should be allowed free passage to conduct research and work that is done in a peaceful and productive manner.”

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Post image for As Third Member Is Refused Entry to UAE, Gulf Labor Renews Pressure on Guggenheim

The news that a third member of the Gulf Labor Artist Coalition was barred from entering the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has many people wondering what this means for the future of the Gulf nation’s growing art community.

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Post image for New Report Confirms Labor Abuses at NYU Abu Dhabi

An independent investigation into the construction of New York University’s (NYU) Abu Dhabi campus has found that despite the school’s best intentions and efforts, about one third of the workforce at the site — roughly 10,000 workers — was not covered by the school’s labor guidelines.

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Post image for China’s Terracotta Warriors Have a Smashing Cameo in ‘Furious Seven’

The most outrageous action sequence in the new blockbuster Furious Seven ends with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker plowing a car through a platoon of clay figures that look just like China’s Terracotta Army.

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Post image for Someone Is Investigating a Professor and Reporter for Being Critical of Gulf Labor Conditions

A mysterious investigation against New York University (NYU) professor Andrew Ross and New York Times reporter Ariel Kaminer is underway, the Times reported.

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Post image for As Professor Is Denied Entry, NYU Abu Dhabi Faces New Pressure to Evolve

ABU DHABI, UAE — This week the New York Times reported that New York University (NYU) professor Andrew Ross was denied permission to visit the United Arab Emirates after publishing numerous articles critical of the labor conditions in the region.

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Post image for Human Rights Watch Releases Damning Report on Labor Conditions in Abu Dhabi [UPDATED]

Today Human Rights Watch (HRW) released its third report on violations of the rights of migrant workers on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, where the Guggenheim and Louvre museums are planning outposts and New York University is planning a campus.

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