OFF CENTRE / ON STAGE
Curated by Todd Reisz, the exhibition, which takes over the Jameel’s lobby and is accompanied by a new book, reveals traces of the older city found on photographic slides. A photograph, it has been said, captures more a sliver of time than a framed space. These slides – seen here for the first time – preserve moments from 1976 to 1979, when two architects, Stephen Finch and Mark Harris, traversed the city and its construction sites. Both were affiliated with John R. Harris & Partners, a British architectural firm that at the time was delivering transformation to Dubai. Working closely with Jameel Arts Centre, architect and writer Todd Reisz assembles their photographs into a spatial telling of a recent past that was all about the future.
Accompanying the exhibition is a new publication that includes an original essay by Reisz and nearly 100 photographs published for the first time. The book is a collaboration between Jameel Arts Centre and Khatt Books, designed by Huda Smitshuijzen AbiFarès, and is available from Art Jameel Shop.