Power through art in Dubai
Traffic's latest show focuses on dominance and control Discuss this article
- Picture 1 of 2
Local gallery Traffic is renowned for wearing its heart on its sleeve, celebrating art that pushes boundaries, and this time the focus is on the concept of master and slave relations. In the fourth instalment of the gallery’s ‘The State’ series, entitled ‘Domination, Hegemony and the Panopticon’, gallery owner Rami Farook has taken inspiration from philosophers Jean Baudrillard and Michel Foucault to explore ideas behind power, dictatorship and the dominated. Here, three of the artists dissect their work.
Hesam Rahmanian, 32, American
What does the title of the exhibition mean to you?
It means complete domination by a greater power, such as a dictator. In this exhibition, you have to bend over or tiptoe in order to see a work.
What does the title of your piece, ‘You Fight So I Can Dance’, mean?
It refers to those who lead and send others to war for their own benefit.
What is depicted in this work?
It shows Iran’s parliament at the top leading a blood sport: boxing.
How does it relate to the theme?
In this piece there is a greater power ruling and leading a game. The players are ordinary people and the force/master/dictator sits at the top.
Time Out Dubai,
Our favourite features
An essential guide to renting in Dubai Beat price hikes, pick the right area, and know your rights
How to get a pay rise 20 expert tips to bag more cash from your boss
30 top outdoor bars in Dubai As the temperatures cool we round up the best places to drink outside in...
26 wet and wild watersports in Dubai Try kneeboarding, take a frantic ride or go down the world's largest wat...
20 best music movies ever The best music docus, star biopics and concert films ever committed to c...
Dubai: BBQ City How and where to barbecue, and restaurants to dine with the pros
10 Downtown bars and clubs to try True to its name, some of the city’s classiest bars are found in Downt...
Where do chefs eat in Dubai? Celeb chefs and local culinary heroes on where they REALLY dine
18 blow out spa treatments in Dubai Splash out with these once-in-a-lifetime spa packages
Where to watch the Premiership The best spots to catch the new Premier League season
Dubai’s best breakfasts We’ve been rising early to find the best meals to start the day
11 to try: Dubai museum guide The emirate's best museums and sights rated
Top dim sum restaurants in Dubai Recommended restaurants to sample the Chinese dining tradition
83 ways to save money in Dubai Dubai’s experts in cost efficient living share their tips
Dubai's best takeaways Indian, Chinese, Arabic, pizza and more of the best food home delivery