Olivia Arthur Workers unload sharks from vans at the Dubai Fish Market. Dubai. U.A.E. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur A man burried in the sand on Jumeirah Beach. Dubai. U.A.E. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur Dhow-workers by the docks at the creek. Dubai. U.A.E. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur Faded hoardings on a construction site on Palm Jumeirah. Dubai.U.A.E. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos
Olivia Arthur The remnamts of the MV Dara wreck which lies in 20m of water off the coast of Dubai, and has become covered in fishing nets. Dubai. U.A.E. 2013. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos

On 8th April 1961 the MV Dara, a ship carrying passengers between India, Pakistan and the Gulf, sank just off the port of Dubai. An estimated 238 people lost their lives. Some bodies were never found and relatives of the missing continue to this day to search for their loved ones.

Olivia Arthur imagines a survivor returning to Dubai fifty years later, and what they would see. Through photographs and small anecdotes, the viewer is taken on a journey through a city that is both awe-inspiring and alienating. A city which has grown at breath-taking pace from a population of 90,0000 in the 1960s to over 2 million in the current day, and continues to draw people from all over the world with its promise of riches.
The backbone of the project is the story of the shipwreck, transporting the viewer back and forth in history and acting as a reminder of the fragility and skin-deep nature of Dubai. Photographs from this project will be shown at an open-air exhibition at the Gazebook festival.

For more information visit the Gazebook website.

 

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