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Sustaining National Identity: Reconsidering Ordinary Domestic Heritage
BY SOPHIE JOHNSON
@ VOL 18
ON NOV 17, 2018
Sustaining National Identity: Reconsidering Ordinary Domestic Heritage by Sophie Johnson.
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About the City's Organizers
Established in 2007, Alserkal Avenue is the foremost contemporary arts and culture neighbourhood in the MENASA region. Located in Al Quoz (an industrial area in Dubai), the Avenue is home to 16 contemporary art galleries and not-for-profit spaces and over 40 creative businesses, including a black box theatre, independent cinema house, artist studios, and performance venues. 2015 saw the launch of the Alserkal Avenue expansion, doubling our footprint to 500,000 square feet. The Avenue had grown organically through the years and many new creative organisations became part of the community. The space where the expansion came up was an old marble factory that wasn’t in use anymore. We began to think of ways to transform this space into a home for all forms of creativity. Along with diversifying our curated community, we welcomed the first international art galleries to open in the Emirates - Leila Heller Gallery from New York and Custot Gallery from London/Paris.