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Together We Ensure A Superior Life for Residents

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If I Could Buy Every Single Home Here, I'd Make for All Nationalities. 2019

Dubai has the highest cost of living in the world—and an expat population that sits at almost 90%. Most of these expatriates are from low-income countries and their salary can be as low as 400 dollars a month.

These financial dynamics have amounted to the proliferation of shared housing. Go to any working-class neighborhood in UAE and you’ll find home-printed ads for bedspaces pasted all over street signs and on the sides of buildings.

 

Taking its name from campaign to end shared housing, “Together We Ensure A Superior Life for Residents” explores the politics of space and visibility that collapses into the cramped bedspaces that typify old areas of the UAE like Satwa and the Sharjah Industrial Zone. Artist Christopher Joshua Benton has duplicated these ads and turned them into real pillowcases and bed sheets. He then installs these sheets in-situ inside of real-life bedspaces, giving viewers an inside-outside view of these personal spaces.

 

This photo series comprises 6 images. Each one displays a different bedspace occupied by Uber drivers, Deliveroo deliverymen, and other workers of the so-called “sharing economy.”

 Bedspace or bad space? 2019

 Research Image. Bed space advertisements in Deira, Dubai

 © 2020 by Christopher Benton

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