When regional governments promote a false liberal image to the rest of the world by importing progressive cultural elements, yet... Read More
When regional governments promote a false liberal image to the rest of the world by importing progressive cultural elements, yet fail internally to foster progressive acts, imported elements become a hollow facsimile of the ones in the original culture. This artwork is an ironic representation of how regional governmental initiatives to westernize one aspect of culture: music. Recently, there has been a surge in musical performances by global artist in the region spearheaded by local governments aimed at changing how the world views the Gulf, yet these performances are subjected to strict censorship. In this artwork, a guitar, a stand in for western performers, lacks strings because string musical instruments are not favorable among religious Muslims. The act of cutting strings mirrors the heavy censorship regional governments are imposing on foreign performers. The result of such heavy censorship typically leads to performances that do not evoke emotions and thereby do not deliver their intended purposes; hence, a chordless guitar does not play music.