'Taste Binds the Tribe' at the Showcase Gallery and more
Monitor, Issue 1 Rami Farook’s latest exhibition is a compilation of films, photos, notes, books, maps and gifts the artist and curator collected during a one-week trip to India to attend the Kochi-Muziris Biennale art festival in Kerala. Until July 21. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).
Sarmad Al-Mussawi High design vintage furniture haunt La Gallerie Nationale (which also has a location in Paris) is currently showing contemporary artworks by renowned Iraqi artist Sarmad Al-Mussawi. The pieces aim to bring a regional touch to the gallery and complement the high design furniture items already on display. Al-Mussawi’s work spans mediums including canvas, ceramics and traditional Islamic calligraphy. Until July 31. La Gallerie Internationale, Unit 27, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 4652).
Summer workshops at DIAC Staying in Dubai over summer? Been meaning to try your hand at something new? Dubai International Art Centre holds workshops throughout the month including sculpture (Dhs630 for four sessions), oil, acrylic and watercolour painting (Dhs200 for two sessions). Call for more info, pricing and timings. Ongoing. Dubai International Art Centre, Villa 27, Street 75b, off Beach Road near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).
Taste Binds the Tribe A group exhibition featuring the works of established Zimbabwean artist Daryl Nero and Mozambique’s late woodblock print artist Isaac Sithole. Until September 1. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0940).
Artspace Summer Show 2012 Regional artists including Yousef Ahmed, Mohamed ABu El Naga and Joe Kesrouani feature in this exhibition that touches on the sacred and the surreal. Until July 31. ArtSpace, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0820).
Original Art and Art Furniture Harmony Jomaylia Interior and Furniture has joined with Art Couture to create a unique exhibition featuring original pieces that have been turned into functional art. Until August 28. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City (050 598 8206).
Summer Photography Workshop Kill some time and learn a new skill while you’re at it. Ian Hardie is holding five-day beginner and intermediate classes at Pink Pepper Photography throughout July, covering topics including composition and lighting. Until August 2. Dhs800. For more info and to register call 04 434 0437.
Treasure of Koran This Ramadan-inspired exhibition features Quranic calligraphy works from Pakistani artists including Zulfiqar Ali and Tahir Bin Quallander. The show-stopper is an 18-foot semi abstract piece. Until August 31. Hamail Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 6479).
Urban Epidermis: A Journey of Dilapidation The works in this solo exhibition by Vikram Divecha comment on the relationship that people have with their urban surroundings, and how each affects the other. Until September 1. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).
OPUS 5 Caad Twenty five artists from the faculty members of the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at the American University of Sharjah feature in this mixed media exhibition that is well worth the journey to the emirate. The artworks span mediums including graphic design, photography, illustration, print, video and installation and sculpture. Until August 8. Sharjah Art Museum, Bait Al Serkal Al Shuwaiheyn, Sharjah (06 568 8222).
Text Me This exhibition features seven artists (Aya Haidar, Hala Ali, UBIK, Muzzumil Ruheel, Dariush Nedharan, Yashar Samini Mofakham, Behdad Lahooti and Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum) from the Middle East, Iran and South Asia, each looking at the ways in which each of the artists incorporate text into their works. The show covers various mediums including photography, print, sculpture and installation. Until July 21. Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9906).
GPP Limited Dubai photography haven Gulf Photo Plus has launched an initiative in which it displays and sells affordable photo prints by local and international artists, including Ali Alriffai, Katarina Premfors, Sara Naim, Gregory Heisler and Steve Simon. The collection is refreshed every two to three months and prints are priced from Dhs375 to Dhs2,500. Ongoing. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 8545).
Made In Tashkeel This annual group exhibition showcases the work of local artists, Tashkeel members, workshop participants and recent exhibiting artists across a variety of mediums. Until August 30. Tashkeel, near Nad Al Sheba police station (04 336 3313).
More Café digital photo competition Want to win a digital photo course, a brunch or an afternoon tea? More Café is running a competition in which UAE residents (adults, teens and kids) are invited to submit photos that embody the theme ‘summer fun’. Get snapping and see if you can impress the judges with your creative skills. Closing date August 30. www.ductac.org/more.
Wet Dog Contemporary Iranian artist Farzan Sadjadi presents a body of work inspired by the forgotten, lost village of Mar in central Iran. Often using wet dogs as his central subjects, the duality of life is a main theme and he captures the daily struggles of an abandoned and isolated region. Until September 10. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
Film Premiere and an Emirati/German Sahoor Traffic’s Alserkal space Satellite is screening two films this evening; Christian Jankowski’s The Eye of Dubai and Collaboration Culture by the BBC World News series. The first is a black and white feature documenting Jankowski’s first trip to Dubai, and the second follows the process of the making of the film, during which the contemporary multi-media artist and his crew were blindfolded and led by guide Rami Farook up until the point they viewed their film on the last night. Emirati and German snacks will also be served. Free. 9pm-midnight. Satellite, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).
International Radio Playwriting Competition The British Council, in collaboration with the BBC World Service, is inviting non-UK residents to write and submit a radio play of 53 minutes in length on any subject. The winners will receive Dhs11,000 and a trip to London to see their play being recorded. For further info or to apply, see the website below. Until July 31. www.bbcworldservice.com/radioplay.
When the Lights Went Off We Saw Dubai-based photographer Sara Naim’s debut solo exhibition touches on the notions of abstract light and features enlarged images of partial photographic negatives that have been overexposed and tainted with leaked light. Until October 24. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
A Work of Art Young Emirati artists feature in this UAE-centric exhibition at Downtown Dubai’s Ara Gallery. The show celebrates the nation’s culture, heritage and traditions via various mediums. Until September 1. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Demolition Iranian artist Fereydoon Omidi’s homage to Persian calligraphy features delicate works that play on the beauty of the ancient art form. His dreamlike works use fluid movements. Until September 10. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Museum of Optography, The Purple Chamber London-based artist Derek Ogbourne’s latest body of work is themed around the fear of a sudden death and focuses on mortality and vision. Created in 2007, this exhibition stemmed from an idea that an image can be imprinted on the retina at the exact moment of death. Until October 3. Collections Building, Sharjah Arts Area, Sharjah Art Foundation (06 568 5050).