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Dubai, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Art Week brings together Dubai’s thriving creative industries into a week-long celebration of arts and culture.

Change Your Life

Alserkal Avenue

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Change Your Life

  • Warehouse 83 Alserkal Avenue Dubai UAE (map)

Change Your Life


Raja’a Khalid will debut Change Your Life, which critiques a fashionable practice of performative masculinity (i.e. working out) and places it as a contemporary motif of religiosity. A moving tableau, the commission consists of a gym, which will be open for five weeks to pre-selected young, male fitness professionals where they will participate in a workout regime. The installation looks carefully at the arts neighbourhood’s proximity to an increasing number of fitness centres within the framework theorised by Peter Sloterdijk in his 2013 book You Must Change Your Life in which the German philosopher tracks the history and philosophy of practice and discipline. By making such connections more explicit, Khalid's commission exposes the blurring between the potentially aesthetic, ascetic and athletic demands of contemporary life in the Gulf. 


13 March – 29 April 2017

Location: Warehouse 83, Alserkal Avenue


Performance programme: 

13 March 2017, 18:00 - 22:00 

15 March 2017, 11:00 - 14:00

16 March 2017, 11:00 - 14:00


Image caption: 

Raja’a Khalid, Change Your Life, 2017, commissioned by Alserkal Programming