Political factors are considered the most effective issues that have affected contemporary art in the UAE. At the beginning of the 21st century, UAE experienced significant shocking events that worsened the political situation of the nation. Due to the presence of various revolutions and internal conflicts it has been noticed that the UAE is the most affected nation in the world due to the negative implications of external and internal political strife. All these negative aspects affected the overall development of the nation. Besides this, the art represents the local identity in the United Arab Emirates towards enhancing the effective connection with life and its contemporary problems. The present study sheds light on discussing the impact of contemporary art in representing the local identity in the United Arab Emirates due to differences in political situations.
In terms of evaluating the connection between society and the individual’s relationship with the environment, it can be stated that the environment posed an external influence on enhancing development, freedom, peace and stability. All such factors assist in shaping technological, scientific and social development. However, changes in the political factors are considered more powerful in the present time.
As stated by the director of Art in the UAE, there were several political challenges that were faced by the UAE that resulted in improvement in the growth of contemporary art in a few Arabian nations. Besides this, it also has been noticed that art in the UAE was affected due to various political situations that will be discussed further in the study. Thus, the research evaluates the determination of various political factors affecting contemporary art in the UAE.
The study evaluates the gap or the issue that has been developed due to various political situations in the UAE. Such aspects restricted the contemporary art practices in the UAE to represent its local identity. Most of the research and the studies conducted focused on highlighting the relationship between politics and arts in general. The issues faced by the communities in the nation and their artistic interventions were associated with the revolution that took place in the UAE due to the implementation of political changes. In addition to this, the political changes occurring in the nation affected the refugees who resided in the nation towards expressing their thoughts, issues and feelings concerning contemporary artworks. Therefore, to solve such issues, it has become necessary to develop the art system for facing the historical requirements of art. Besides this, the study is crucial towards extracting the list of internal and external political factors affecting the contemporary art culture in the UAE.
Based on the aspects of the research study, the research questions prepared are as follows:
Based on the research questions, the following are the research aims and objectives.
Aim: The aim of conducting the research study is to highlight the impact of political factors affecting the contemporary artwork towards representing the local identification in the UAE.
The historic defeat of various cultural organizations and civil society across the Middle Eastern region has raised the fragmented developmental process towards undermining the relevance of cultural and sustainable institutions towards emerging in the future. Towards identification and filling of the gaps, the art institutions and the infrastructure in the UAE addressed the state of culture in the nation driven by political uncertainty and sectarian violence.
The probable external reasons arising due to political unrest affecting the contemporary form of artwork practices include the slowdown process followed that gives rise to the democratic process, deficiency in the political failure and freedom towards respecting human rights, and adoption of fraudulent parliamentary elections taking place in the nation. On the other hand, there were certain internal political factors affecting the contemporary artwork practices in the UAE. Such factors comprise strained relations of the incumbent regimes and people and the absence of strong leadership in the UAE and local regions. In addition to this, the risks caused by ISRAEL was established as one of the most significant external political factors affecting the contemporary artwork practices toward representing the local identity of the UAE. Besides this, the competition among the global and local powers enhanced strong interference in the national affairs of the nation. Moreover, there are various other important factors that are responsible for impacting the political situation in the UAE such as an increase in the price and demand of the products resulting in inflation, poverty, frustration with the government, unemployment, ineffectual and outdated governance patterns that require expensive repairs and disrespect and corruption against the law of the nation. All such factors pose a negative impact on the nation towards representing their domestic identity.
A new war started in the Middle Eastern nations in the field of culture and art. However, in the following years of ethnic strife and instability in the Middle Eastern regions and security aspects of the Arabian region and Islamic states enabled the art leaders of the UAE to take a backseat in the Gulf nations. The conservative Gulf monarchies of the nation have taken an important position on the scene with an explosion of capital investments in the airports, museums and universities in the form of billions of dollars. Such aspirations were fueled by the intensive competition of the contemporary art practices of the cultural hub of the Middle Eastern regions.
The artwork projects of the UAE were driven by enrichment, social prestige, economic diversification and education in the nation. Besides this, the success of the projects can increase the ripple impact of tourism within the local economies. As stated by the co-founder of the art gallery who sells and promotes artworks in the UAE, the culture and the art movement in the nation has taken initiatives towards raising questions concerning the growth in the society. Each nation endeavours towards cementing cultural framework and art as an important aspect towards generating social fabric. Collectively, UAE has become a successful nation towards representing its local identity in the art and culture industry. Similar to the adoption of western political campaigns, architects and galleries in each state in the UAE are being used for enhancing secure commitment from the western galleries, institutions and architects. Besides this, UAE has invested heavily towards the development of influential institutions and art figures in the west. The ambition of the nation towards the development of monumental projects presented considerable risks and vast challenges. With the increase in the number of well-publicized acquisitions of major artefacts and artworks at the improved institutional level by collecting a wide range of trends throughout the region.
The artwork services provided to the clients by the UAE for more than 40 years depicted a 30% increase in the number of purchasers of artwork in the region who were committed to spending more than 850 million dollars across the globe for the auction of the artworks during that period. Such an increase in the price of the pieces of artwork was due to the local representation of the nation. Besides this, in the international field of contemporary artwork, local behaviours were significant due to the eventual private philanthropy towards defining more of the cultural legacy of the nation. The cultural creation in the Middle Eastern region is redefining the role and identity of the museum. Besides this, the spectacle of the masterpiece of the artwork in the palatial halls acted as the beacons and brand ambassadors for enhancing international tourism. Moreover, the seed of enduring cultural and traditional legacy enhanced the growth of the tourism sector in the galleries, auctions and art fairs. Since 2000, UAE has been developing vast art scenes that were filled with new collectors, pavilions and museums. Moreover, the three largest emirates have developed their personal strategy towards the provision of crucial momentum for the entire region. Such strategy was enhanced with the adoption of museum culture serving education and other aspects towards the development of a strong backbone of the open-minded people belonging from the new generation.
The cultural and religious tolerance of the brand of the nation showcased the artistic platform of the east and west region of UAE. Besides this, the holy book of the UAE symbolized religious tolerance. The financial status in the nation conferred upon several benefits towards giving rise to the development of artwork of Jameel Art centre and ETIHAD museum that was decided to be presented in the art museum in the future. Besides this, UAE also managed to construct an open climate for all the artists. However, for various political reasons, the nation decided to develop an open climate that will permit freedom towards an exchange of ideas and work with other artists. As an expression of emotion, mind and culture, art depended on the open-minded and individual aspects followed in Dubai that has worked appropriately to cultivate its local identification successfully.
As stated by the art narratives in the UAE, the artists of the nation are bounded together with a desire towards enriching and engendering unique experiences for the domestic audiences to develop culturally rich settings that were intellectually connected and engaged to the international art world. Besides this, the nation has also provided the globally renowned artists with a canvas for struggling towards enhancing the cultural influence of the artwork on the nation.
With the visiting of foreign tourists in the nation, the spectacular sand dunes in the UAE caught their attention. Moreover, there were several other artistic projects that were built with 4, 10,000 barrels towards forming the sparkling and bright colours depicting the Islamic culture. Besides this, such structure appeared in the form of red-orange rows consisting of 55-gallon barrels comprising of long flanks sloping an angle of 60degree with unique bands of white and red. The success of the building of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi became the key artistic dominance of the UAE in the region. In addition to the building of galleries and opera houses achieved significant success as it imposed greater emphasis on the artistic contributions of Middle Eastern nations. In this way, the regional artists became famous for depicting contemporary artwork in representing the local identification in the UAE.
External political factors affecting the contemporary artwork of the UAE towards representing its nation are as follows:
On the other hand, various internal political factors affecting the contemporary artwork of the UAE towards representing its nation are as follows:
To conduct the research study successfully, the researcher will use a descriptive-analytical approach towards the achievement of its goals. Besides this, the researcher will collect information concerning the impact of political factors affecting the artwork of the nation towards the representation of local identification in the UAE.
The descriptive-analytical framework of the research study is presented as follows:
The descriptive analysis of the research study is explained as follows:
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From the above research study on highlighting the impact of political conflicts towards depicting the contemporary form of artwork in representing the local identification of the nation, it can be stated that, due to several political tensions, UAE faced several issues towards highlighting its creative form of artwork. Besides this, due to warfare issues in the nation, the international tourists feared to visit the nation. As a result of which, the nation faced severe financial losses. In addition to this, the absence of strong leadership in the nation resulted in posing political and warfare risks to Israel. Moreover, there were various other reasons behind the impact of politics on representing the contemporary form of artwork such as ineffective performance of the government, poverty, application of outdated technology, application of corruption activities in the nation and increase in the level of poverty in the nation. Thus, it is important on the part of the government of the nation to implement effective strategies towards reducing the impact of internal and external political situations so that it will become easy for the artists of the UAE towards representing their local identity through their contemporary artwork. Such initiatives will increase the convenience of the nation of the UAE towards representing its local identity with the help of innovative presentation of the artwork. In addition to this, the government of the UAE is also required to ensure that the foreign tourists are safe while visiting their nation.
This segment in the research study provides a detailed highlight of the activities that have been conducted in the research study. The research study has been conducted by the researcher on a full-time basis for a time period of 4years that assisted in the collection of important information in detail. With the help of the Gantt chart, the entire research activities conducted by the researcher towards the provision of important information in relation to the research study have been presented:
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