Raja’a Khalid, GIGI EYES, 2017, ink-jet print, tape, 13 3/4 × 9 7/8".

Raja’a Khalid


Raja’a Khalid, GIGI EYES, 2017, ink-jet print, tape, 13 3/4 × 9 7/8".

Drawing its title from a 1960 Looney Tunes episode featuring Road Runner, Raja’a Khalid’s “Fastest with the Mostest” continued the artist’s witty deconstruction of prevailing tropes of hegemonic masculinity. Specifically, the show mounted a critique of a neo-yuppie lifestyle increasingly taking hold in Dubai, exemplified by the figure of the expat consultant who splits his day between working and working out, performing both acts of what Khalid terms “conspicuous production” with a discipline and fervor traditionally reserved for religious rituals.

The accompanying brochure identified Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner’s nemesis, as a comic proxy for this figure, a solitary body running endlessly through empty desert vistas engaged in a pursuit that is ultimately futile. It also invoked Patrick Bateman, the antihero of Bret Easton Ellis’s notorious 1991 novel American Psycho, a searing

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