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Sheikdom 2022. 


The FIFA World Cup is going to be held in Doha, Qatar in 2022. Leading up to this moment over the past 10 years, the entire country is in a state of transformation, both physically and ideologically.


As an American expatriate who has lived in the Middle East for over a decade, I have witnessed this transformation firsthand, and experienced many of the positive and negative implications the FIFA decision has had on the economy, culture and law. 
Something I find peculiar is that each year Middle East governments (Sheikdoms) issue a decree of societal expectations, and put forward future visions (Vision 2020, Vision 2030) with the anticipation to shape culture from the top-down. These future visions are byproducts of Ministries (Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Sports, etc.).

Typically, the Ministries create ‘official seals’ that borrow curious local vernacular consisting of Arabian swords, falconry, odd orbs, Arabesque patterns and all-seeing eyes. Sampling the semantics of that visual language, these compositions (prints) attempt to create a fictitious banner that is both satirical and syntactically convincing, with a subtle historic nod toward posters celebrating Mao-era Chinese Communism and Illuminati.

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