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With the benefit of hindsight, what role does new media play in artistic practices, activism, and as an agent for social change in the Middle East and North Africa today?

Lantian Xie
2 November 2012

I Think I Love You

I Think I Love You is an installation of oil paintings produced by art workers in Dafen, China. Paintings are crafted as replicas of a single, publicly-distributed image of His Highness Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates, and constitutional monarch of Dubai. Each painting is ostensibly unique.


This work is prohibited from sale according to a mandate by the Media Office of the Government of Dubai.


This .gif loops through every painting in the installation at 0.1 seconds per painting.


Lantian Xie

was born in China and raised between Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a recipient of the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award of the United Arab Emirates. Xie currently spends his time between New York City and Dubai. www.lantianxie.com

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