This publication tells the story of an economic boom and its shortcomings through images of both monumental architectural structures and the abandoned work sites of unfinished construction projects.
Published to coincide with Antar’s solo exhibition Portrait of a Territory at Sharjah Art Foundation, the book begins with an essay from Christine Macel, a short history on the UAE and an overall overview of the book’s premise, which draws attention to the creeks and hollows created by architecture. It contains a selection of 267 UAE coastline photographs captured by Antar, some of which were part of the exhibition.
About the Artist
Working in photography and film since 2002, Ziad Antar is best known for a practice that intervenes in the conventions of documentary photography. He infuses seemingly ordinary subjects with a nostalgic aesthetic through the use of expired film and out-dated cameras. The result is a visual practice deeply engaged with the historical and theoretical discourses of the medium of photography, rich in poetic beauty and conceptual complexity.
About the Publishers
Founded in Southern France in 1978, Actes Sud Editions quickly established itself as a presence in the region with a strong graphic identity and translations of foreign texts. Today, Actes Sud distinguishes itself by pursuing the spirit of discovery, sharing and publishing a wide range of selections in literature, the humanities, theatre, fine arts, comics and cuisine.
Sharjah Art Foundation hosts numerous activities and events throughout the year, from exhibitions featuring the work of Arab and international artists, live music and performances to film screenings and artist talks as well as extensive art education programmes for children, adults and families. Additionally, the Foundation has over the years published a range of books that include Sharjah Biennial and exhibition catalogues, books about the March Meetings and limited-edition artists’ publications.