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NEWS

The New Lay of the Land

by ASHLEY RAWLINGS

JANANNE AL-ANI, Aerials IV, 2011, production still from the video Shadow Sites II. Photo by Adrian Warren. Courtesy the artist and Rose Issa Projects, London.

 Clouds of discontent are gathering over Saadiyat Island. In March, a group of more than 130 artists—including Kader Attia, Harun Farocki, Mona Hatoum, Emily Jacir, Shirin Neshat and Walid Raad—announced that they will boycott the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi unless conditions for workers at the site are improved.

Saadiyat Island (“Island of Happiness”) is a multibillion-dollar cultural development in…

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