Dubai Now: short films and video from the UAE

��Dubai Now�", a program featuring recent work by UAE-based artists and filmmakers Ebtisam Abdulaziz, Lamya Gargash, Nawaf Al Janahi and Waleed Al Shehhi, is included as a projected installation in the exhibition ��Dubai Next: the Face of 21st Century Culture�" at the Vitra Design Museum. Over the past decade a nascent filmmaking scene has developed in the UAE, spearheaded � in the absence of dedicated film schools and a local industry � by homegrown initiatives such as the Emirates Film Competition and Gulf Film Festival. Groups of young Emirati men and women have produced a substantial body of short films, many of which explore the nature of being ��local�" in today's rapidly changing society � a subject rarely debated in the public realm.

Dubai Next is presented by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and curated by Rem Koolhaas, Jack Persekian and Bidoun.


June 5-September 14, 2008
The Firestation, Vitra Design Museum, Weil-am-Rhine, Germany