Artists as Nation-Builders? Heritage, Nationalism, and Art in the Arab Gulf

Melanie Sindelar

Narratives about Bedouin heritage currently dominate the Arab Gulf state’s nation-building agendas. In the UAE, the state-led heritage industry includes artists into their nation-building projects, seeking to establish common national narratives. Are artists aiding the state’s efforts, or are they resisting these attempts? A lecture of IFK_Junior Fellow Melanie Sindelar. 29.1.2018