Cursory Guide to Saadiyat-Island


by Ariel Blick

A condensed and contextual overview of Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, with an emphasis on the construction of the Guggenheim and Louvre museums. This modest 20 pp. essay/manual touches briefly upon a constellation of concerns including institutional internationalization, contemporary art, culture and capital, and the manner in which migrant labor, and its susceptibility to exploitation and abuse, structurally inform such processes on domestic (Abu Dhabi/UAE), regional (the Persian Gulf) and international (the Global North) scales.

Inspired and informed largely by the work of the Gulf Labour Coalition and Human Rights Watch.