SOAS University of London

Tim Loveless, Reconstructed Histories, 2008

Tim Loveless’s project, which he undertook both in Oman and the UAE, reflects on what parts of its heritage a society chooses to preserve. He visited archaeological and historical projects, examining the restoration processes, and reflecting on the different significances and functions of monuments. He found that such cultural sites are rarely integrated into the everyday fabric of the community, so there is little sense of local ownership of heritage. Moreover, those historical buildings which are being preserved recount a particular, official, version of history: the state symbols of power (forts and palaces) rather than the mundane constructions of ordinary people (such as the mud villages of Oman). 

Tim Loveless was born in 1966 in Sussex, UK. He currently lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt.