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About Us

Lest We Forget is a major grassroots arts and heritage initiative that aims to archive, preserve and share vernacular photographs and oral histories of the UAE through its website, workshops and exhibitions. Newly launched under the auspices of the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation, Lest We Forget is a community-based initiative that welcomes public participation.

Dr. Michele Bambling

Dr. Michele Bambling is Creative Director of the Lest We Forget initiative. She received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in art history and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Bambling also taught art history and museum studies at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, where she has resided for the past six years.

Michele Bambling
Creative Director

Safiya Al Maskari

Safiya Al Maskari is Research Assistant for the Lest We Forget initiative. She received a B.A. in interior design from Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, in 2013. Safiya is actively developing the public outreach and exhibition programs of the Lest We Forget initiative.

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Safiya Al Maskari
Research Assistant