Miami Art Fairs: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

On Saturday in Miami, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov announced the first North American version of their Ship of Tolerance project, taking place in March of 2011 in Florida. The collaborative couple, who currently live and work in Long Island, New York, invite local schoolchildren to contribute drawings that are then sewn together in the formation of a ship’s sail. The seaworthy vessels are at once powerful and poignant.

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Saharan Adventure

When a group of carpentry students from Manchester were offered the trip of a lifetime, they jumped at the chance.

They were asked by one of the world’s top contemporary artists to travel to the Saharan desert to build a replica of an ancient Egyptian ship.

Inside Out joins them on their amazing African adventure.

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The amazing Technicolor Dreamboat

By any measure, it was a strange affair. Last month, a large group of people gathered on the shore of a small salt lake in Siwa, a remote oasis in the Sahara desert, to witness the maiden voyage of a 20ft sailboat made from reeds and palm leaves.

More than 300km from the nearest river, this modest stretch of water in Egypt has never before been graced by a vessel of any kind. Not that this boat could float. Buoyed by inflatable pontoons hidden beneath the surface, the ship was a work by Russia’s most famous and influential living artists, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.

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