Visit Muqtanayati at thejamjar or see Rania Stephen's video work
Design Road Project This five-day educational event starts today and runs until December 5. Designers and professors from Kingston University in the UK and Elisava School of Design in Spain will host seven parallel design workshops, each led by a visiting designer and focused on a specific design methodology (including exhibition design, and ‘cool hunting’). There will also be seven seminars, each presented by the designers, as well as a design exhibition featuring their work (these will be free and open to the public). Workshops Dhs500, all other events free. Until December 5. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, www.tashkeel.org (04 336 3313).
Sharjah Biennial 10: Film and Audio Commissions This exhibition features seven films and three audio works by filmmakers including Karim Aïnouz, Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia, Hicham Ayouch, Ali Essafi, Sean Gullette, Bahman Kiarostami, and Rania Stephan (work pictured above right). Some of these filmmakers were invited to make a new short film based on the Sharjah Biennal 2010’s title, ‘Plot for a Biennial’, using a selection of conceptual keywords such as treason, affiliation, corruption, devotion and translation. Until January 14. Sharjah Art Museum, Arts Area, Sharjah, www.sharjahart.org (06 568 5050).
Moon, Stars and Electric Lights Check out the works of contemporary Japanese artist Juri Morioka, in which she uses colour to call up memories of her past and hopes for her future. Until December 15. Aspen Café, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates (04 409 5999).
Spot the 40 To mark the 40th UAE National Day on December 2, organisers are inviting people to snap photographs of the number 40s they spot around town (on signage or elsewhere). Send in your submissions via the website to be included in a collage of visual representations. Submit before December 31. en.uaenationalday.ae/spot-40.
Art in Iraq Today An exhibition featuring works from contemporary Iraqi artists, and curated in the memory of author Jabra Ibrahim Jabra. Until December 3. Meem Gallery, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Double Entendre This show looks at artists’ use of language in their works and how words and text are used to either back up or question the image. Artists include Manal Al Dowayan, Ayman Yossri Daydban and Nadine Kanso. Until December 14. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 0400).
Erbil-Dubai: Chasing Utopia Kurdish-Iraqi artist Walid Siti, who this year was invited to exhibit at the 54th Venice Biennale, presents his latest body of work, which comments on parallels between the ancient city of Erbil in Iraq and modern Dubai. Until December 5. XVA Gallery, Gate Village Building 7, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Obscure Stream of Life, But I’m Still Having My Afternoon Cuppa Tehran-based sculptor Bita Fayyazi presents a nine-piece exhibition of mannequin-like pieces that show deformities, desecrations and physical exaggerations as an analogy for a fragmented and dysfunctional society. Until December 25. Gallery IVDE, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).
Hadutta Masriya Three Egyptian artists feature in this group exhibition, which tells the intriguing story of Egypt before and after the Arab Spring. See page 31 for more. Until December 30. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 347 7388).
Limited Edition Prints and Rare Signed Posters: American Pop Artists See prints by some of the world’s most revered pop artists, including Cy Twombly, Richard Serra, Joan Mitchell and Andy Warhol. Until December 8. Total Arts at the Courtyard, Street 4, Al Quoz (04 347 5050).
Ziad Dalloul This Syrian painter’s works feature domestic objects such as chairs and tables placed in sparse but naturally virile landscapes. He uses traditional materials such as ink, sepia and handmade paper. Until January 5. Green Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Geopolitics of Roots: No Man’s Land In this exhibition, celebrated Iranian video and performance artist Ghazel comments on identity and the metaphoric concept of space. Until January 8. Carbon 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 464 4392).
Hamza Bounoua The contemporary Algerian artist presents a solo exhibition at the Grand Millennium that has been inspired by Arabic calligraphy and nature. Until December 21. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM (04 429 9999).
Nothing, Nobody Working with philosophical undertones, Iraqi artist Sadik Alfraji presents a solo show of large-scale paintings and installation art that depict a reappearing shadowy figure and provide commentary on the conflicts and desolation facing humanity. Until December 15. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Disconnected Artist Izdeyar Setna presents this moving photography exhibition in which he captures the raw emotion of those living in the war-torn streets of Karachi in Pakistan. Until January 12. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
LAST CHANCE Mind’s Eye This solo exhibition from Turkish artist Selma Gurbuz features several large-scale works of oil on canvas and ink on paper. Until December 7. Lawrie Shabibi, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906)
Sadegh Tirafkan The Iranian artist presents a solo exhibition featuring four series of works, including digital collages and installations, that document his life during the time period of 2004 and 2010. Until December 19. Gallery Etemad, Unit 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).
The State: The Coming Insurrection This group exhibition features a handful of up-and-coming local artists, including Ubik and Aman Mojadidi, as well as the firmly established Damien Hirst. It comments on the causes of injustice, corruption and resulting unrest within societies. Until December 3. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).
Inspirationalists: Khalid Shafar This solo exhibition features furniture pieces, predominantly timber and woodwork, inspired by the artist’s Emirati heritage and Dubai’s past and present. Until February 24. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard (04 447 7025).
Muqtanayati To coincide with the UAE’s National Day celebrations on December 2, thejamjar presents a 100-piece exhibition in which Dubai residents have been invited to submit objects and artworks they feel describe their journey within the UAE in the following categories: art, artifacts and domesticity. Until January 1. Thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).
Parergon Iranian Canadian artist Babak Golkar’s first solo exhibition in the region is a series of sculptures and inanimate objects that, when viewed from a different angle, appear as well-known architectural designs, such as the Taj Mahal and Hagia Sophia. Worth a look. Until January 12. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
The National Pride Art & Culture Exhibition Showcasing UAE-inspired arts and crafts from 30 artists across the emirates, this exhibition celebrates the 40th anniversary of UAE National Day on December 2, and will also include exhibitors offering henna, nail art, books and food for sale. Until December 3. The Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa and Orient Guest House, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (050 551 5979).
Drift: an exploration of urban and suburban landscapes This Sharjah exhibition, curated by Sharjah Art Foundation president Hoor Al Qasimi, features 10 contemporary artists: Hala Al-Ani, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Kader Attia, Doug Henders, Bouchra Khalili, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Rika Noguchi, Marwan Rechmaoui, Hrair Sarkissian and Zineb Sedira. Collectively, the works suggest new, fresh ways of discovering and viewing the urban and suburban landscapes we encounter in our daily lives. Until January 14. Sharjah Art Museum, Arts Area, Sharjah, www.sharjahart.org (06 568 5050).