1. Nabati: a lap of the realties of present-day Melbourne

    Nabati* is a series of four video-walks in the City of Melbourne that uncovers some of the new powers defining its current identity. While touristic tours present Melbourne as a development of its gold and colonial past, Nabati focuses on the invisible meta-architectures and their role in shaping the city today.

    The Emirates sponsorship of the Flemington Racecourse, a symbol of Melbourne and Australia’s colonial legacy, creates the context for the tours to further expose the ongoing dialogue with Arab elements which underlies Australian national sovereignty.
    By acknowledging horse racing as a cultural artifact intimately built over Arab elements, as in the case of thoroughbreds, Nabati further dissects the present-day relationship between Australia and United Arab Emirates in the four fields of sport, land, defence and borders.
    In a patchwork of apparently mismatching elements, the tours look at national sovereignty as a process and not as a fact, eventually questioning the parameters that regulate the acceptance or rejection of what is depicted as foreign.
    The tours don’t take place at the Flemington Racecourse, but are structured around different buildings in Central Melbourne. Although mimicking the structure of touristic tours, the journey of Nabati aims to spotlight the authorities and meta-architectures held beyond the faceless facades of those buildings, eventually questioning the iconology and recognizability of modern global powers.

    * When the Arabs first began to interact with other cultures and nationalities, certain words and linguistic traits were assimilated into classical Arabic, to create a new version of it. The people who spoke this style of Arabic, embellished with foreign vocabulary were said to speak Nabati, which in this sense, meant foreign.

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    A project by Lodovica Guarnieri and Lorenzo Gerbi

    Narrators
    Malina Suliman (Dari)
    Jenny Condie (English)

    Kings Artist Run, Melbourne
    December 2016 / Opening Thursday 15
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  2. Let’s have a look at the blood and muscles beyond horse-racing.
    You will be surprised to discover that this sport, which is traditionally understood as British and Australian, is built over Arabian elements.

    Narrator: Jenny Condie

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  3. From jet fuel to chromium and from real estates to sport arenas, you will follow some of the trade routes that build the city’s modern political and economic power.

    Narrator: Jenny Condie

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  4. You enter a zone cut by movements of container cargos, trade routes and jet wings. And by doing so, you will discover the military cooperation between Australia and United Arab Emirates.

    Narrator: Jenny Condie

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  5. Let’s start our trip back to the Australian shores through the Indian Ocean, a journey which fosters the growth of the defence of Australian borders, feeding both its national sovereignty and the arms industry.

    Narrator: Jenny Condie

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Nabati: a lap of the realties of present-day Melbourne

Lorenzo Gerbi

Nabati is a series of four video-walks in the City of Melbourne that uncovers some of the new powers defining its current identity. While touristic tours present Melbourne as a development of its gold and colonial past, Nabati focuses on the invisible…


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Nabati is a series of four video-walks in the City of Melbourne that uncovers some of the new powers defining its current identity. While touristic tours present Melbourne as a development of its gold and colonial past, Nabati focuses on the invisible meta-architectures and their role in shaping the city today.

A project by Lodovica Guarnieri and Lorenzo Gerbi

Narrator: Jenny Condie

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Kings Artist Run, Melbourne
Dec 15 - Jan 31

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