Galleries, exhibitions and art shows from May 9-15
Moments Shared: The Treasured Temporary Iraqi-born, London-raised artist Alia Dawood’s latest exhibition touches on the temporary, passing moments she has captured and experienced while in Dubai. Until May 31. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0950).
Through the Looking Glass
In her debut solo exhibition, Emirati photographer Lamya Gargash touches on identity, perception and acceptance in today’s society. Her subjects have all been shot looking at their reflection in a mirror where they must face their exaggerated imperfections, which are distorted and magnified using protheses. The artist cites US conceptual portrait artist Cindy Sherman as a major influence on her work. Until May 30. The Third Line, near The Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
Young Art Collector’s Auction viewing
See contemporary Middle Eastern works up for auction in the 13th instalment of the Young Art Collector’s Auction, before they go under the hammer on Tuesday May 15. Artists include emerging talent such as Mohannad Orabi, Mal Al Dowayan and Lara Atallah. Until May 15. Ayyam Art Center, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6242).
Fighter Emirati pop artist Khawla Al Marri’s quirky exhibition depicts seven of her closest friends and the inner strength that they embody. Until June 2. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Wild Arabia Emaar Boulevard is currently hosting an open-air wildlife photo exhibition in association with National Geographic, revealing the Arab world’s hidden natural treasures. The al-fresco gallery is designed by renowned French architect Franck Minthe. Until May 12. Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (no number).
Islamic Design, Discovery and Vision: Owen Jones Don’t miss this rare exhibition in Sharjah. It takes inspiration from treasures that make up the V&A (Victoria and Albert) collection to tell the story of 19th-century architect and explorer Owen Jones, who is known to have introduced elements of Islamic design into Britain. Open Fri 4pm-8pm. Until July 15. Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Corniche Street, Al Majjarah, Sharjah (06 565 5455).
FunFilm Factory: An Introduction to Animation Experienced animator Myles Cummings is holding a course for aspiring animators and cartoonists every Saturday over five weeks (the course started on Saturday May 5). You’ll learn how to create cartoon characters and tell stories through animation. Individual classes can be booked for Dhs400 each, which includes lunch. 10am-5pm. Until June 9. Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1 (055 774 1306).
Hybrid An exhibition featuring the works of Tehran-based artist Shirin Aliabadi, plus two new works not yet revealed by the artist. Until June 19. The Farjam Collection, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).
Living with Video Curated by respected gallerist and French curator Chantal Crousel, this installation exhibition features the videos of 10 international established artists including Wang Bing, Gabriel Orozco and Wolfgang Tilmans. Until June 30. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
My Family Egyptian artist Mohamed Abla presents a solo exhibition that tells the story of the artist’s family life in Egypt, using nostalgic imagery of family scenes to evoke a sense of familiarity. Until May 20. ArtSpace, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0820).
A Visionary Modernist Organised by the Museum for African Art in New York, this exhibition features 80 pieces by Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi. The works span his 50-year career as an artist and travels, and his style combines classic Western techniques with influences of Sudanese and Islamic art forms. Until May 31. Sharjah Art Museum, Bait Al Serkal Al Shuwaiheyn, Sharjah (06 568 8222).After Spring Syrian artist Kevork Mourad works mainly in black and white, showing his heritage through his use of mosaic-style patterns, and using the monochromatic landscape to create a visual message about war and the cruelty of humanity. Until June 21. Courtyard Gallery, Interchange 3, exit 43, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).
Colours of Eternity
This vibrant exhibition showcases the works of three well-known Russian artists, including Alexandr Filippov, Albert Tsamaladz and watercolour expert Alexandr Matiash. Each of the artists has a classical style, and their colourful works depict nature and landscapes. Until May 31. Wafi Mall Gallery Area, Khan Murjan, Wafi (04 447 0576).
On the Wall
Continuing on from the gallery’s Off the Wall exhibition, the latest instalment is a colourful collection of works, including sketches in pen and ink, pastels, oils, watercolours and photos by a number of artists including Paul Wadsworth and Sylvia Woodcock Clarke. Until June 15. The Majlis Gallery, Al Fahidi roundabout, Bastakiya (04 353 6233).
Black is the New White Six new works from Tunis-born artist Nadia Kaabi-Linke – who was awarded the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2011 – are on display in this multimedia exhibition, which depicts social, political and historical ideas. Until May 16. Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
It’s No Longer About Me
Up-and-coming Syrian painter Mohannad Orabi presents a solo exhibition that focuses on the concept of self awareness. In this series, his subjects are forced to come to terms with themselves, their situations and the events around them. Until June 16. Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Gate Village 3 (04 439 2395).
Reflections on Islamic Splendour
Dubai-based British painter Kate Toledo’s style is influenced by her unique upbringing in Tanzania and New Zealand. In this exhibition, her works are influenced by her current regional surrounds and contain themes such as Islamic embroidery and Persian ceramics. Until May 26. Gallery 76, Villa 27, Street 7b, off Beach Road near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).
I Love You Green Saudi Arabian artist Hussein Al Mohasen launches his debut solo exhibition. Using graffiti on canvas, Al Mohasen takes inspiration from Arabic music, poetry and calligraphy to reinvent the relationship between spaces and script. His paintings also feature figurative works combining machinery and objects with bold colours. Until June 14. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village (04 358 5117).
Life is Too Short
Collector Ramin Salsali’s latest thought-provoking exhibition comments on the place of photography and video installation in the world of modern art. Until July 31. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 9600).
Wrapped in Gold Paper The recent body of work by acclaimed Spanish artist Lita Cabellut features portraits that embody the character of the subject. Each features a humility that depicts the message that all humans are equal. Until May 30. Opera Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).
This exhibition features a selection of sculptures and new paintings by up-and-coming 28-year-old Iranian artist Ramtin Zad. He paints dream-like landscapes, and his more recent works include paintings surreal-themed vases, which draw on the Japanese theatre movement of kabuki. He often uses historical, political, cultural and contemporary symbolism in his works to retell situations with an Iranian perspective. Until May 24. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).
The works of Louisiana-born US photographer Jamie Baldridge and Austrian painter Bernhard Buhmann are on display in this show, which aims to highlight the similarities between both artists’ differing techniques. Buhmann creates narrative artworks, while Baldridge’s collages feature digital photos. Until June 15. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).