The ARENA Program
Designed by architect David Adjaye, the ARENA is a gathering-place of the spoken word, the art of the song, scores, scripts, recitals, film screenings, and public discussions devoted to diverse theories and explorations of Capital. Over the course of All the World’s Futures, artists, musicians, composers, actors, intellectuals, students, and members of the public have been invited to contribute to the program of readings and performances that will flood and suffuse surrounding galleries with voices in an epic display of orality.

As part of Gulf Labor, Doris Bittar and Greg Sholette will be participating on a panel discussion called "A New Wave of Arts Activism?" at the Venice Biennale on August 5, 2015, 4 PM

Gulf Labor Coalition (GLC) is a self-organized group of artists, writers, architects, curators, and other cultural workers who are trying to ensure that workers’ rights are protected when contemporary art, precarious labor, and global capital intersect. GLC’s primary focus has been on the construction of Western-branded cultural institutions, including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum now underway on Saadiyat Island (also called “The Island of Happiness”) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). In 2011 GLC launched a public boycott of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (GAD). Since then, almost two thousand artists, curators, writers, and others have signed on to the boycott, agreeing not to sell artworks to, accept commissions from, or participate in events on behalf of the GAD. Periodically, GLC members visit UAE labor camps to conduct research. At the Biennale di Venezia, Gulf Labor will present a report of their extensive recent research in India and UAE in a series of plenary discussions and presentations organized over several days.

Plenary discussions and presentations:

High Culture/Hard Labor: The Work of Gulf Labor and its Allies

July 29
With Walid Raad, Nick McGeehan, Shaina Anand and Sharan Burrow

South Asian Migrants and the Gulf Dream

August 2
With Ashok Sukumaran, Paula Chakarvartty, Nitasha Dhillon, Parimel Sudhakar

A New Wave of Arts Activism?
August 5

With Greg Sholette, Mariam Ghani, Amin Husain, Noah Fischer, Guy Mannes-Abbott, Doris Bittar

Who Needs Museums and Biennales?

August 9
With Andrew Ross, Okwui Enwezor, Terike Haapoja, Kaarin Taipale, Marco Barravale

Presented with the support of Galería Helga de Alvear; Republika Hrvatska Ministarstvo kulture /Republic of Croatia Ministry of Culture; Fondation Robert A. Matta; Zaza and Philippe Jabre; Anonymous; APEAL (The Association for the Promotion and the Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon); Wassim Rasamny; Sandy and Tony Tamer; Joumana and Henri Asseily; Barjeel Art Foundation; Sandra Hegedus-Mulliez; SAM Art Projects; Laurent Dumas; Fonds de Dotation Emerige; Maison Rabih Kayrouz; Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, Berlin; LUMA Foundation; The Vinyl Factory; Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin, Leipzig; and the additional support of Kvadrat; Moroso; Elham and Tony Salamé

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Doris Bittar and Greg Sholette are UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumni. For more about their work, please visit:

Doris Bittar

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