Canadian Art Online has published “Changing Stakes: Deconstructing Dubai,” a review I crafted about the Mercer Union exhibition Changing Stakes: Contemporary Art Dialogues with Dubai.

Curated by Srimoyee Mitra, Changing Stakes pointed toward a discrepancy between the demands of corporate capitalism and ethics, the same discrepancy that has motivated the recent Occupy movement. The swell of protests around the globe seriously posit the desire for economic systems outside of capitalism, and for forms of democracy that do not cater to elitism. At this moment of collective reconsideration, Changing Stakes highlighted conditions of transition and uncertainty in Dubai that foreshadowed these confrontations with dead ideas (capitalism) and emaciated ideals (democracy), anticipating the inevitable recalibration of the demands of economy and politics with the rights of people.


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