Curated by Christine Macel, Chief Curator at Musée National D’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou Paris.
While Antar began by randomly photographing the coast, he later worked to systematically document the coastline, Emirate by Emirate, completing the series as part of a Sharjah Art Foundation Residency in 2011.
The resulting photographs portray the borders between each Emirate and the sea as a place of contact and engagement with the outside world. The work reveals traces of history drawn on the landscape as well as the recent past of these young countries that have been built upon trade and commerce.
Viewed in succession, these photographs tell the story of an economic boom and its hazards through views of monumental architectural structures and the abandoned worksites of unfinished construction projects. These images also offer a glimpse into the daily lives and activities of the middle class. This exhibition consists of approximately 211 black and white and coloured. Installed along walls that wrap around the centre of the exhibition space, the photographs will be hung in a single line that is fractured and segmented, reflecting the physical geography of the United Arab Emirates.