Abstract

Oud fragrance, a resinous mold produced by infected aquaria and gyrinops trees, is the ubiquitous scent of the Gulf, used to perfume homes, bodies, and public spaces. In the UAE, one could suggest that oud ought to be included in the roster of national emblems, along with the camel, the dala, and the Land Rover, because of its invisible visibility across the country’s space. Dubai-based artist Raja’a Khalid has conducted the most prolific body of work on the spatial inclusion of oud into the public and its ecologically sourced networks. This artist intervention, prefaced by Ahmad Makia’s “Olfactive Gulf and Atmospheric Hegemony,” includes excerpts from Khalid’s 2014 Oud Counter and 2015 Oud Aura works.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1934-6026
Print ISSN
1549-9715
Pages
pp. 155-161
Launched on MUSE
2017-05-16
Open Access
No
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