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"Chirag's Things." Mixed media. 1m x 1m x 1m. Image Courtesy of Salama Foundation

The United Nations calculates livable housing using a simple formula: "bedroom size per square meter / number of people in room."

During site visits to dozens of bed spaces in Satwa, Christopher found a two-bedroom apartment that had 18 people in just one room. Using the UN’s metric for overcrowding, this sculpture illustrates at human-scale the amount of space one bachelor has in a bed space room that houses 17 other people.

The personal items inside the lucite box are generated from a list provided by Chirag, who stars in the complementary work “Stop Bachelor's from Thronging Residential Neighborhoods.” Items were purchased during a shopping trip between the artist and Chirag in the same neighborhood.

PDF excerpt. Various definitions of overcrowding, WHO Housing Report 2018

Film still from "Say No to Bachelors Thronging Residential Neighborhoods." Chirag takes us into his room in Satwa, Dubai

 © 2020 by Christopher Benton

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