On 8th April 1961 the MV Dara, a ship carrying passengers between India, Pakistan and the Gulf, sank just off the port of Dubai. An estimated 238 people lost their lives. Some bodies were never found and relatives of the missing continue to this day to search for their loved ones.
Stranger imagines a survivor returning to Dubai fifty years later, and what they would see. Through photographs and small anecdotes, the viewer is taken on a journey through a city that is both awe-inspiring and alienating. A place which has grown at breath-taking pace from a small trading port in the 1960s to a city of over 2 million in the current day, and continues to draw people from all over the world with its promise of riches. The backbone of the project is the story of the boat; and images of the submerged shipwreck are interspersed throughout the work, transporting the viewer back and forth in history and acting as a reminder of the fragility and skin-deep nature of Dubai.
The work is presented in three forms: a print exhibition; a book printed on transparent paper layering the images with text and underwater photographs of the shipwreck; an audio-visual presentation combining photographs, quotes and a specially commissioned soundtrack using recordings from Dubai.