SARA FARA(Performer at ART DUBAI)
DUBAI | 2009
SECTION OF DRESS: Stitches during installation performance
Counting the minutes inside the cube.
Kirstie was commissioned to create a piece of work for Art Dubai in 2009 and given a budget form the British Council.
With a fascination of different cultures (having grown up in various far flung countries all over the world) Kirstie had a desire to create a piece of work that would unite and bring together as many different identities as possible - without borders and prejudice - to create a platform in which women could express, feel empowered and be heard. Using a dress seemed appropriate as it is such a potent symbol of femininity, and so the Red Dress was born.
In it’s first iteration for Art Dubai there were stipulations to the shape and cut of the dress in light of Sharia law within the UAE, the dress also needed to be worn by a performer, so Kirstie was free to talk to the audience.
Sara divides her time between Dubai and the UK and enjoyed wearing the Red Dress at Art Dubai. She sat for 3 hours calmly embroidering on to the fabric, the resulting yellow stitches a lasting record of the installation many years ago.
(The Red Dress has been reassembled 3 times since 2009 – the shape and cut modified in design and to accommodate all the new embroidery. The final configuration was set in 2019).