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Mahmoud Obaidi

The Satirical Agent

BY ISABELLA E. HUGHES

MAHMOUD OBAIDI, Confusionism Swords (detail), 2013, steel and wood, 100 x 105 x 30 cm. Courtesy the artist.

I meet up with Mahmoud Obaidi twice. The first time, it is late afternoon in March, during the hubbub of Art Dubai week. Obaidi shows me around his immersive installation, "The Replacement," which is on display at Dubai's Meem Gallery. The second time, in early April, we meet via Skype, in a virtual studio visit during which he walks me through his large, multistory workspace…

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