Critical Heritage and Participatory Discourses in the UAE

Led by Alserkal Residency Selection Committee member Uzma Z. Rizvi, this talk will take a look at the role of art and design in informing the ways in which critical heritage discourse unfolds.

Rizvi will focus on projects that provide a platform for participatory discursive action within a threshold at which decolonization problematizes contemporary inequity. This is significant given the high-income nature of the UAE as post-colony with the issues of class upfront, embedded within which are the racialized and gendered forms of transnational labor (both blue- and white-collar). This is not about taking to the streets. It is about maintaining a space of criticality within deep stillness and a quietness. It is about decolonizing moments and slow change.

The event will be held at Alserkal Residency Project Space (Warehouse 50) and is part of the Alserkal Residency Public Programme.  

Image: Al Abyad Saloon, Sharjah. From Design Studio Project Wajha (Façade). Photo by Uzma Z. Rizvi, 2017