Underground art scene growing in Dubai

06/05/2011 - Dubai Investment News Posted by Neil King
Underground art scene growing in Dubai
An industrial area in Dubai has emerged as an unlikely destination for a flourishing underground art scene.Reuters has reported that Al Quoz, which houses a number of large warehouses and factories, has seen its art sector boom even as the rest of the emirate suffered during the recent economic decline.Rami Farook, founder of the Traffic gallery, told the news provider that the area has a rawness about it, which makes it appealing, and described the region as a "clean plate" for those looking to move away from the upscale art scene of a couple of years ago.Rory Miller, director of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at Kings College in London, added: "There is a growing confidence in local contemporary artists and also an increase in interest in women artists from the region."Following the economic downturn which hit Dubai hard, there is a move, especially among the younger age group, to look to art that is grittier, more relevant and reflective of their own lives and recent experiences."