SERIES: Substations

“At its core Substations is an intimate reflection on the character and experience of community in Dubai; in the background hover questions of invisible economies, urbanity vs wilderness and changing social values.

Unlike their urban equivalents—sprawling conglomerates that function as roadside cathedrals of consumer capitalism, complete with promotions, prizes, and aggressive marketing—these stations are individually owned and frequented by truckers. Makeshift structures decorated with found objects and strings of festive lights, they embody a functional simplicity and local character, now endangered in the wake of the UAE’s flashy hubris.”

 

This series by Mohamed Somji and  Sinisa Vlajkovic  caught our eye because of the location it was taken in: Dubai. Every time you read this name, images of skyscrapers, loud full throttle sports cars and overall abundance come to mind.  The couple went on less traveled roads and shot gas stations at night, revealing another side of Dubai. Aside from the obvious contrast between our expectations of this city and the scarcity presented in these images there is another paradox: gas stations, the source of all the wealth of this region are presented as frail and sensitive objects, reminding somehow of the western statues of catholic saints.

 

questionable questionnaire

Best place you`ve been to so far?

Mohamed: Best place I’ve been to is Isfahan in Iran – there’s something inexplicably beguiling and inspiring about the city. I’ve been reading about this phenomenon of thin places which are places that are said to be where the distance between heaven and earth collapse and we’re able to catch glimpses of the divine or transcendent

Sinisa: Mount Batur, Bali, Indonesia

What was your first lie?


Mohamed:My first lie that I remember: “Yes, I had my lunch in school”

Sinisa: Don’t remember (at least I’m telling the truth)

 

Friday or Sunday ?

 

Mohamed:Friday

Sinisa: Friday

 

mohamed

sinisa

 

 

 



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