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Mohammed Kazem

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By Noelle Bodick

Portrait of Mohammad Kazim outside his gallery in Dubai. Photo by Noelle Bodick for ArtAsiaPacific.

Mohammed Kazem was eight years old when he fell from a boat into the Gulf, his shouts overpowered by the motor and his frame battered by its turbid wake. He watched the stern disappear from view and listened to the rhythmic wash of the waves. It was quiet. After half an hour, the faint droning of a motor neared and the search party found him gasping for life.

Kazem…

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