Ammar Al Attar’s project Plaza Cinema stems from the artist’s efforts to rescue old filmstrips, movie posters and ephemera from decommissioned theatres in the UAE. These aging movie-houses are touchstones of Dubai’s modern history and places of deep personal meaning and memory for residents. In January 2017 Al Attar recreated a series of thirty movie posters from Plaza Cinema, a theatre in Bur Dubai, as a prelude to his project. In March, the artist presents an installation of the materials he rescued, providing a rare opportunity to analyse and consider how film often connects diverse migrant communities – many of whom are in the UAE for work – with narratives and images of home.
13 March – 29 April 2017
Location: Warehouse 58 & Back Lane
18 March 2017, 19:00
Screening: Play it Again Sam (1972). Directed by Herbert Ross. Part of a programme for Ammar Al Attar’s Plaza Cinema commission, The Yard
Ammar Al Attar, Cinema Plaza Posters, 2017, commissioned by Alserkal Programming