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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.

Dr. Michele Bambling

Dr. Michele Bambling

Creative Director Lest We Forget, Warehouse421

In 2011 when I asked Zayed University students to explore their family photography albums together, I anticipated they would make important, far-reaching discoveries about Emirati identity and vernacular history. Through the intimacy of their forbearers’ photographs, they witnessed and identified with momentous changes in daily life spurred by modernity and the establishment of the UAE. Recognition of this pivotal position between traditional and contemporary life is one of the defining aspects of Emirati identity today. Since 2013 the project has evolved into a community-based archival initiative that documents personal photographs, objects and oral histories as a means of preserving and sharing Emirati cultural memory, experience, perspective and identity. In Lest We Forget publications and exhibitions these observations and responses are articulated through the universal language of art.