Belgian artist Jean-Luc Moerman presents a multimedia show of paper-based works and pieces on stainless steel sheets.
Until March 2. Gallery IVDE, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).
Flower Power 2.0
Quirky Dutch artist Gaby Gaby presents a comic-style multimedia exhibition in which he meshes iconic symbols from pop culture with politics, sports and fashion. His debut solo exhibition will feature the superhero MegaTulipMan.
Until March 10. Mojo Gallery, 33 Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7388).
Supporting the UAE’s talented illustrators and cartoonists, this exhibition features 28 UAE-based artists with styles ranging from caricatures to fine art.
Until February 29. Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 6467).
In collaboration with Sharjah Art Foundation, Traffic presents this annual catch-up that gives art professionals the chance to discuss the state of art in the region. Two films will be screened, followed by a reception.
7pm. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 0209).
The State: Domination, Hegemony and The Panopticon
Touching on subjects such as master and slave relations, this show uses a panopticon in an attempt to understand mechanisms of power.
Until March 31. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).
Thursday 23Art Sudan
Celebrating the pioneers of modern Sudanese art, featuring works by Ibrahim Salahi and Mohammed Omar Khalil.
Until February 29. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Documentary of Sea
Curated by acclaimed Iranian artist Vahid Sharifian, this exhibition features the canvas, video and photographic works of 10 Iranian artists, with the common theme of the sea.
Until March 15. XVA Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 353 5383).
The Brazilian artist’s debut exhibition in the Middle East features five animated videos as well as works on paper, which represent layered states of dreaming and time to alter the viewer’s experience.
Until March 8. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Commenting on the change that brought about the Arab Spring, this solo exhibition by Egyptian artist Wael Darwesh is a series of works that depict what the artist himself witnessed.
Until February 23. Art Sawa, Gate Village Building 8, DIFC (04 386 2366).
Friday 24Buy tickets to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Tickets to Dubai’s five-day literature event, starting on Tuesday March 6, can be bought at www.emirates litfest.com or at WHSmith at Oasis Centre. This year’s guests include One Day author David Nicholls and British broadcaster Terry Wogan. www.emirateslitfest.com.
Sketches by Boz: Sketching the City competition
To celebrate the bicentenary of historical British novelist Charles Dickens, the British Council is calling on writers and illustrators to submit creative writing and illustrations connecting Dickens’ early work with the fast-paced cities of today. UAE residents have until Sunday March 4 to submit their works. Established UK and Arab authors will choose the most creative winners on Sunday March 25.
For more info, visit www.britishcouncil.org/me-uae-sketches-by-boz-competition.
Saturday 25Egyptian Tales
Curated by Mohammed Talaat, this show features the varied works of seven Egyptian artists. The pieces take us through Egypt’s art history and comment on events of the past and their consequences. Featuring Amal Kenawy, Hend Adnan, Islam Hassan, Ibrahim El Dessouki and Khaled Zaki.
Until March 5. Artspace, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 323 0820).
In this exhibition running at Aspen Café, the UAE-based Bulgarian painter explores the connection between past and present through inspiration he finds on ancient archaeological sites.
Until March 8. Aspen Café, Kempinski Mall of the Emirates (04 409 5999).
Microcosms with the Macrocosm, Elements of a Bigger Picture
South African landscape artist Lynette Ten Krooden presents a body of work depicting jellyfish, rock structures, mineral deposits and the night sky on large canvases. She adds depth using texures, layers and gold leaf, making the subject jump off the page.
Until March 25. The Majlis Gallery, Al Fahidi roundabout, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).
Never Stop Asking
Aiming to open up discourse on current issues, New Zealand painter Marion Marquand’s exhibition provokes thought and illustrates her love for learning. The former art teacher has taken it upon herself to paint about all the things that she wants young people to open their eyes to.
Until March 10. Gallery 76, Villa 27, Street 7b, off Beach Road near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).
Drawing inspiration from the genre of science fiction, Iranian artist Ala Ebtekar takes events that are actually occurring today and links them to stories and history in the past.
Until March 8. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
Memory of a Place
Lebanese artist Nadine Kanso’s nostalgia for her home town of Beirut is depicted in a series of photographs that capture run-down buildings, neighbourhoods and men and women on their balconies.
Until March 7. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 0400).
My Letters Iranian-born calligraphy artist Abol Atighetchi uses gold leaf as well as traditional colours to emphasise the beauty of the Arabic alphabet.
Until March 8. The Courtyard Gallery, Street 6, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).
Monday 27Breathing Space
Moroccan-born Algerian artist Driss Ouadahi’s first solo exhibition in Dubai features a series of paintings depicting the flaws of modern architecture, such as sterile housing developments and wire fencing.
Until March 14. Lawrie Shabibi, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
I Can Imagine You Without Your Home
Palestinian artist Hazem Harb presents his debut Dubai exhibition of black-and-white photographs that document the plight of Gaza during the recent conflict.
Until March 14. Gallery Etemad, Unit 12, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).
In Army We Trust
Syrian painter Thaier Helal presents recent works which comment on the role of the army in Middle Eastern society.
Until March 15. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Light From Life
A stunning exhibition showing off the landscape and nature photos of eight regional artists, following a joint expedition to New Zealand to capture the unique natural environment. A small documentary will also run alongside.
Until March 3. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Tuesday 28Innerscapes Acclaimed Turkish photographer Nazif Topçuoglu presents a series of playful and theatrical images, showing young women in medieval-style settings.
Until March 5. Green Art Gallery, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).