Artists Refused Entry into Biennial for Criticizing UAE Labor Practices

By Editorial Team on May 28, 2015

Following the denial of an NYU professor and a fellow member of the Gulf Labor Coalition (an activist group that advocates for workers’ rights on Saadiyat Island, UAE) two artists, who were meant to participate in the Sharjah Biennial, were refused entry into Dubai for unspecified “security” reasons. Both Ashok Sukumaran and Walid Raad are vocal critics of labor practices on the island, which is also the site of future annexes of the Guggenheim, the Louvre, and NYU. 44 out of 55 artists and collectives involved in the biennial signed a statement supporting a responsible global expansion of these established art institutions. Read more here and here.

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