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The news emerging from geographical Palestine invariably frames archaeological findings within Old Testament history – privileging the claims of a 20th-century European ideology (Zionism) over those who inhabited the region throughout its (postarchaeological) history.Insofar as this sort of thing is more at home in film than video art, "In the Future" confirms that, for now, the artist's practice has migrated from the latter to the former.Sansour's was among the slate of films and videos featured at this year's edition of Art Dubai. For the past few years now the art fair has had guest curators assemble selections of video and film by and about artists. In formal terms, Art Dubai Cinema's program was as varied as regional artists' practices."Oil Drinking" and "Dancing With No Sound," a pair of three-minute works from 2011 by Azeri video artist Orkhan Huseynov, are colorful, seemingly lighthearted evocations of cultural practices dissolving within the oil economy.Made in 2014, "No Exit," a 3.5-minute video by Palestinian artist Bashar Alhroub, is evidently concerned with the Palestinian condition but all the obvious signifiers are absent.
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