DXB - Dubai Habitat by: Jan Lemitz

Artwork Information

The little shacks and shelters next to the construction site of Jumeirah marina were transient constellations, beautiful in a subtle way. A rather informal part of the economy, their existence follows the cycles of real estate development in Dubai. With a history that is closely related to that of growth, they reflect subjective practice. Appropriating space and transforming it into purpose-made, organized microcosms seems to be of a somewhat symbolic importance. Politically charged terrain, these sites often times become the battleground for conflicts over development and urbanization.

  • Keywords:
  • spatial practice
  • architecture
  • migration
About the artist

Based out of Düsseldorf I graduated from the MA in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College in 2011. My work is informed by photographic practice, with a focus on landscape and architecture. Currently in residence with Fabrica, Brighton and the Time and Place network, I work on a research project on commemoration and the aftermath. Recent contributions to exhibitions include Voices of the Sea at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Calais, The History of Now at the f-stop Festival in Leipzig, There is no Wind on the Moon at savvy contemporary Berlin. Forthcoming shows are at Hal Project, Space Mass in Seoul, Smuggling Anthologies in Idrija, Croatia in 2014, and the Newhaven – Dieppe festival in 2015.