Launch and panel discussion

Mar 16, 2013 | 5pm

The State Vol IV

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.