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wallspaceplease presents


1 - 30 November 2021

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

" Oh back it, back it

Yeah pull up to the bumper game read the signal

Cover me, cause I’m changing lanes

I had a handle on it

My life, but I broke it

When I get to where I’m going

Gonna have you saying it "


excerpt from M.I.A.’s Bad Girls lyrics

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Bad Girls is a curated showcase of female artists that ‘misbehave’ according to certain standards and conventions. Designed to emphasize female empowerment across the globe, the exhibition highlights artists who challenge us into thinking beyond norms and boundaries. A systemized art journey aiming at celebrating women who inspire through their practice. 

Bad Girls is inspired by artist M.I.A.’s stirring music video of 2012, and the New Museum’s famous 1994 Bad Girls exhibition which presented the work of 45 artists who confront gender, race, class, and age issues by questioning methods of visual representation.


The New Museum exhibition aimed to define the societal influences that have shaped contemporary notions of femininity, while promoting the subversive acuteness 'bad girls' use to challenge traditional concepts. 

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Female artists are still severely underrepresented in the GCC region, particularly when their work tends to be conceptual or controversial. 

Throughout this first edition, wallspaceplease aims to create an impact on cultural tendencies by accentuating women empowerment across the globe. 

Art is a strong soft power.

Image by Fred Kearney

“For me a Bad Girl meant being different,

different from who I was, or was supposed to become."

Cheryl Dunye

(film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, actress and guest curator of the New Museum’s Bad Girls exhibition in 1994)


art is a strong soft power


Image by ZQ Lee
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