Simon Coates

Simon Coates is an English multi-media artist, writer and curator living and working in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. He is the founder of sound art platform Tse Tse Fly Middle East and writes for Harpers Bazaar Art Arabia and Contemporary Practices magazines. His work is in collections worldwide.

His piece Zola Panama features footage of an abandoned survival craft discovered on a beach in Fujeireh in the UAE. Research uncovered that it had belonged to an oil tanker that had disappeared off the coast in 2015. As the tanker's disappearance was never investigated, there are no reports of survivors (or otherwise).