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The View from Dubai: Censorship and Resistance in the Emirates

In my screed from a few weeks ago, “When Artspeak Masks Oppression,” I cited the Guggenheim-Emirates partnership as an instance of contemporary art’s institutional culture operating in service of authoritarianism. One of the examples I mentioned of the propagandistic character of this primarily linguistic process was the Dubai-based artist UBIK’s description of an installation of his called “Tahrir Square” (2011). I am glad to have been recently able to catch up with UBIK and hear his frank and often biting perspective on the climate for contemporary art production in the United Arab Emirates.