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NEW CURRENTS

Close Encounters

Offering unsettling critiques of forward-moving "progress," three artists, from Doha, Manila and Beijing, imagine cityscapes excerpted from the future. Technology's rapid advancement may be propelling us toward something mysterious and strange. 

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Sophia al-Maria

DOHA

SOPHIA AL-MARIA, Scout, 2012, Plexiglass sculpture with light and sound. 

Installation view at the ninth Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, 2012. Courtesy the artist.

Doha-based artist Sophia al-Maria presents a bold, eerie vision of the Arabian Gulf’s future. Primarily working in video, she explores contemporary issues in the region through the lens of science fiction—inspired by cult classics…

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