Hauntology: Of Hope, Fear, and Retrospection (2022)
Video and multimedia installation
Commissioned by Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi

While time might be linear in nature, our recollection of it is anything but — rather it is a process of folding and unfolding experiences and sensory mnemonics that often end up creating recollections and heightened embodied experiences.

Proposed as an experiential video essay, artist Mays Albaik’s Of Hope, Home, and Hauntology draws a picture of the 1990s through the story of two Arab expats who arrived in the United Arab Emirates in 1991. Her project reflects the development of the country’s architectural environment.