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    Hammour House

    Celebrating coral reefs, the hammour fish, and the historic relationship of Emiratis and the sea.

    Explore the coral reefs that hammour fish consider home from the unexpected viewpoints of artists, scientists, schoolchildren and fishermen.

    Be inspired by this community art project, which draws inspiration from the One Thousand and One Nights story of Abdullah the Fisherman and Abdullah the Merman.

    Humans developed an intricate relationship with the natural environment, and this relationship resulted, over hundreds of years and multiple experiences, in a rich local knowledge that people relied on in order to survive. But because of increasing technologies, and the fast pace of the urban world, humans have shifted their relationship with nature and have evolved into urban dwellers in big cities across the world. This has lessened the historic bond we’ve had with nature for hundreds of years.

    Have you considered the importance of our relationship and connections with planet Earth and all of its flora and fauna?

    What are the importance of these connections to our daily lives, and how is this tied into our need for survival?

    Hammour House community art project invites you to discover life underwater and the curatorial components that draw inspiration from the 1001 Nights story of Abdullah the Fisherman and Abdullah the Merman, and uncover the fascinating life of coral reefs that the Hammour fish consider their home. Learn more about how artists, scientists, schoolchildren and fishermen came together to interpret these themes in unexpected ways. Our message is an invitation for humanity to rekindle their relationship with Mother Nature.

    How to build your hammour house (PDF)

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