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Cristiana de Marchi, Future, 2016, ice, dimensions variable.

Cristiana de Marchi and Monira Al Qadiri

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Cristiana de Marchi, Future, 2016, ice, dimensions variable.

To say that Dubai is obsessed with its future is an understatement. Its ethos of unbridled development makes it, arguably, the test case for the type of visionary urbanism sometimes dubbed “Gulf futurism.” A Museum of the Future is in the works, and, as the city gears up for Expo 2020, the United Arab Emirates’ cabinet recently announced a comprehensive strategic plan for incorporating future planning into all aspects of governance. Cristiana de Marchi’s Future, 2016—an ice sculpture spelling out the word—could easily have been the centerpiece for a reception accompanying this announcement, or the launch of one of countless real estate projects that continue to transform the city. Left to slowly liquefy through the opening of “Melting the Sky”—which paired the Dubai-based artist with Monira Al Qadiri, from nearby Kuwait—the piece’s quiet, stubborn deliquescence

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