Week 50 . Pat McElnea . Guests

Guests, SD Video, 2007-14 (video still). Guests consists of footage shot in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from 2007. 

This week’s contribution to Gulf Labor’s 52 Weeks is by Pat McElnea

To watch the video (no sound), please click below

guests from Pat McElnea on Vimeo.


Gulf Labor is a coalition of artists and activists who have been working since 2011 to highlight the coercive recruitment, and deplorable living and working conditions of migrant laborers in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island (Island of Happiness). Our campaign focuses on the workers who are building the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Sheikh Zayed National Museum (in collaboration with the British Museum).

“52 Weeks” is a one year campaign starting in October 2013. Artists, writers, and activists from different cities and countries are invited to contribute a work, a text, or action each week that relates to or highlights the unjust living and working conditions of migrant laborers building cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi.

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