After a successful solo retrospective exhibit in Dubai, the English-born artist Simon Coates will now call Dubai home after being chosen for an artist-in-residence program for the city’s Gallery of Light. Coates forthcoming body of work will develop under the title “Birth of the Locust,” which will serve as a counterpoint to the more traditional contemporary art in Dubai. The city, notorious for its man-made beauty and attraction of wealth, has gained a reputation as a worldwide target for commerce and tourism.

In addition to paintings, Coates will put together installation pieces that will question some of the city’s inherent issues, including obesity and poor conditions for migrant workers.

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