Updates from Critical Practice Programme 2016 - 2017


_____ is a solo runner. People always invite him to go running with them, but he always declines.

A few days ago, he placed an order for Acme Triple-Strength Fortified Leg Muscle Vitamins (family size) and Acme Hi-Speed Tonic from an online supplement store. His coach thinks he is training enough now—12 hours a week, in addition to bootcamp sessions and a group hot yoga class every weekend. But one of his great joys is to run alone.

Every morning he wakes up at five and calls an Uber to take him to the other side of the interchange. It’s always a white Lexus with two bottles of icy mineral water in the cup holders.

The car stops just outside the city, where there is miles and miles of quiet road lined with trees to keep the desert from blowing in. Here, he runs seven-minute miles for an hour.

He usually ends his run at the Emarat petrol station and calls another Uber to take him back to his apartment, where he completes the rest of his routine:

An eleven minute plank workout, three sets,

Followed by stomach crunches,

He can do a thousand now.

Then a hundred push ups,

Pull ups and dips.

Tashkeel presents FASTEST WITH THE MOSTEST by Raja’a Khalid, a solo exhibition concluding the artist’s participation in the Critical Practice Programme 2016-17. The exhibition will open on 20 September, 7 PM, and will run until 26 October at Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba 1.

FASTEST WITH THE MOSTEST develops Khalid’s ongoing interest in current-day depictions of ritual, fetish, aura, desire and discipline. Part Patrick Bateman, part Wile E. Coyote, part Western Consultant, the show is about business cards, crunches, lunges, trophies, Dri-fit tech, race day speeds, reversible no slip yoga mats, Uber rides and online supplement shopping.