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Arcadia

One of the very essences of ‘street art’ must surely be about holding an anonymous mirror to social, political and economic currents in a society where it least expects it. A closed society where censorship underpins dissent and neither the authorities nor great swathes of the public either recognise the problem or embrace the solution. While recognising the shades of grey in play and not holding it up as a one dimensional entity, Dubai is such a place and Arcadia is such an artist. Dubai is a fascinating anthropolgical study in its own right - crackling with paradox and bizzare juxtapositions - the perfect backdrop for a warped prism into the abstract and the bitterly real alike. And Arcadia - with a name that itself conjures up pastoral images of an archetypal, classical Eden - both echoing the building of a dream and skewering its reality

- is sweeping through the cityscape, spraying fragments of reflection between the dunes and the gleaming glass temples. Glimpses of the lyrically surreal flood through shadowy twists to the PR tale. With a silent cry for a deeper consciousness and a beautifully poetic slant on the absurd, brutal truths spit forth in grimy scrawl as the towers glisten with illusory perfection. Cryptic yet penetrating - mocking yet humane, Arcadia is the voice Dubai so desperately needs within its evolution, and way beyond the shimmering oasis, a voice sowing stark haikus of universality whispered to a collective consciousness. The banality of daily injustice meets timeless cosmic insight and the questions just keep coming. We spoke to Arcadia and would like to thank him for his frankness despite the potential problems he could face.

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