Artist Michael Rakowitz opens the restaurant Dar Al Sulh in Dubai for 7 nights only. Dar Al Sulh is a restaurant that will be the first in the Arab World to serve the cuisine of Iraqi Jews since their exodus, which began in the 1940s. Dar Al Sulh will feature Michael Rakowtiz’s Iraqi Jewish grandmother’s recipes, whose ingredients and combinations of flavors represent something of an endangered species, as many of these dishes were specific to the Jewish population and are no longer served in Iraq today.
Food will be served on plates and trays that originally belonged to members of this ancient community and which survived the departure from their homeland.
Dar Al Sulh seeks to be a time machine, to reactivate a space when there was harmony. The notion of conciliation is the central philosophy of Dar Al Sulh, meant to be reflected in the food and the conversations spoken around it.
Dinner will be served each night and correspond to seven themed conversations. The restaurant will also host Tuning Baghdad, which will provide a soundtrack for the dining experience. A project initiated by independent curator Regine Basha, Tuning Baghdad brings together a growing archive of rare video footage, audio clips, and historical information on Iraqi-Jewish musicians and the music scene that was displaced from Baghdad in the late 1940s and early 1950s, including Basha’s father, an avid oud player.
Dar Al Sulh is a project commissioned by The Moving Museum and hosted by Traffic, Dubai.
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Sikka Art Fair, House 16 & 55 Al Fahidi Heritage Area
A few months ago, we found ourselves sitting in a blush-walled room in the grey area between Mattancherry and Fort Kochi, Kerala. We were in a Gulf Return house on a Gulf Return street, in a town built with Gulf Return money. Just a short ferry ride away was a Dubai Ports World terminal; right on our doorstep, at the nearby Kunnumpuram Junction, was a UAE Xchange outpost, and an ice cream parlour selling Sharjah Shakes. We had left Dubai, with the intention of producing this issue looking at it from across the Arabian Sea, but everywhere we looked, Dubai was all around us.
Can you ever leave Dubai?
In this Issue: Manan Ahmed Asif, Deepak Unnikrishnan, Ayesha Mulla, Mariam Wissam al Dabbagh, Sophie Chamas, Nilofar Ansher, Sheyma Buali, Ben Thorp Brown, Fadi Shayya, Jareh Das, Manuel Schwab & Jaswinder Bolina
CONCEPT OF DUBAI PANEL Coinciding with the launch of VOL IV, we're bringing together THE STATE contributors and editors to interrogate the concept of Dubai, and its representations in cultural production. With Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, Sophie Chamas, Jad Baaklini, and Rahel Aima; moderated by Lantian Xie.
Researching traditional and contemporary identities through architectural culture, the project has become one of experimenting with mud-brick architecture (a traditional form of architecture having existed only sparsely in Dubai primarily for perimeter walls) and reflective blue glass (a symbol of modernity in Dubai today). A workshop has been set-up behind Traffic to make mud-bricks and will be ongoing until the end of March 2013. A wall structure will be built in the space behind Traffic in order to continue the ironic dialogue of wall building as part of a Residency titled Museum Without Walls.
This Residency continues to develop the artist's ideas about land, history, and heritage; as well as explore how historical ruins may be understood and interpreted. The structure will reflect not only how tradition can be invented, but how it may also be simultaneously translated and merged with the contemporary as identities are re/created and ultimately CONSTRUCTED.