Forced Labour ? Jean Nouvel's spectacular palace of culture shimmers in the desert

Louvre Abu Dhabi -with its cosmic dome and starry latticework, the French architect’s water-lapped Gulf outpost shuns the petrodollar glitz of its neighbours. But there’s no whitewashing the appalling treatment of the labourers who built its light-filled halls. Overview by Oliver Wainwright, architecture and design critic, in the Guardian. And time for a focus on Gulf Labor, an artists coalition.

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/07/louvre-abu-dhabi-sheikh-chic-throws-controversial-construction-in-relief?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

GULF LABOR is a coalition of international artists working to ensure that migrant worker rights are protected during the construction of museums on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.

Réaction de GULF LABOR aux commentaires méprisants de Jean Nouvel à propos du traitement des ouvriers sur le chantier du Louvre Abu Dhabi (Octobre 2017).

GULF LABOR statement on boycott and UAE travel restrictions (March 2017).

GULF LABOR Publication: The Gulf: High Culture/Hard Labor (November 2015).

L’artiste Walid Raad n’est pas le bienvenu dans les émirats. Roxana Azimi dans le Monde (mai 2015).

Art and Hypocrisy in the Gulf. Middle East researcher at the Human Rights Watch Nicholas McGeehan's open letter in the New York Times (May 2015).

Human Rights Watch : UAE - Abuses at NYU, Louvre, Guggenheim Project - Weak Monitoring Failing Workers at Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island (February 2015).

Drawn by the promise of jobs, thousands of men from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal are working on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates (2010) © Samer Muscati - Human Rights Watch Drawn by the promise of jobs, thousands of men from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal are working on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates (2010) © Samer Muscati - Human Rights Watch

 

Louvre Abu Dhabi, a decade in the making © Kamran Jebreili - AP Louvre Abu Dhabi, a decade in the making © Kamran Jebreili - AP

 

 

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