I can’t give enough positive feedback for the show “Lest We Forget”. It’s the brainchild of Dr. Michele Bambling.
Lest We Forget is a major grassroots arts and heritage initiative that aims to archive, preserve and share vernacular photographs and oral histories of the UAE through its website, workshops and exhibitions. Newly launched under the auspices of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, Lest We Forget is a community-based initiative that welcomes public participation.
This is the best ethnographic exhibition that I have seen in a very long time. The show has since closed but, I am hoping that it opens up in another location. I will support the researchers and artists who are in this exhibition in any way possible. The event was extended once and that is the only reason that I was able to attend in the first place. I walked out inspired and with one of the handmade books about the project (pictured above).
There are still ways to support the project and participate.
- Visit the website and share your stories (if you are Emirati) http://lestweforget.ae/en/aboutUs.php
2. Watch the “how the exhibition was made” video online: https://vimeo.com/155669681
3. Visit Warehouse 421 in Abu Dhabi and see what is happening in the art scene! https://www.warehouse421.ae/en/visit/