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DUBAI

Jameel Arts Centre

CRUDE

ALESSANDRO BALTEO-YAZBECKLast Oil BarrelDate postponed, Sustainable wood, paper, ink and financial markets, 3.8 × 2.5 × 2.5 cm. 

Courtesy Art Jameel, Dubai.

Despite the centrality of oil to the creation and current realities of the modern Middle East, the region’s history of hydrocarbon extraction, petro-imperialism and the proliferation of unsustainable petro-based cultures has never been explored in a contemporary art exhibition. With his proposition that oil is both “magical and insidious,” Murtaza Vali, curator of “Crude,” the inaugural group exhibition at Dubai’s Jameel…

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