'The Graduals' at Traffic Gallery and 'Collage Tales' at Gallery Etemad
My Rock Stars: Volume 1 This vibrant exhibition by acclaimed Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajjaj pays homage to traditional African portraiture, while celebrating present-day pop stars, unsung artists and personal inspirations in Hajjaj’s life. Until October 18. The Third Line, near The Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
Iranian photographer Majid Koorang Behesti presents two photography series providing a unique opportunity to view the span of imagination, political reaction and beauty created by today’s Iranian artists. Until October 11. Ayyam Art Centre, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).
The Seismic Sanctuary
Iranian artist Pantea Rahmani unveils a solo show featuring works from her previous self-portrait series, alongside pieces from her new series of Tehran landscapes. Rahmani’s approach to the careful detailing of her own physical body is transferred to mapping the geographical landscape of Tehran. Until November 28. Salsali Private Museum, Unit 14, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 9600).
When the Lights Went Off We Saw Dubai-based photographer Sara Naim’s debut solo show touches on the notions of abstract light. It features enlarged images of partial photo negatives that have been overexposed and tainted with leaked light. Until October 24. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
Future Generation Lab A meet-up for social entrepreneurs, discussing innovative ways to address ecological challenges facing our society. Free. 7pm-9pm. Shelter Dubai, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 9040).
I Think I Love You
An installation of oil paintings produced by art workers in Dafen, China. The paintings are crafted as replicas of a single publicly distributed image of HH Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. Each painting measures 1.3m by 2m. Until October 31. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).
Taqaseem Named after an Arabic word meaning ‘division, segmentation, section’, this exhibition features a trio of Arab painters from within the varied world of fine art. Each of the artists present works from their own unique stylistic vision. Until October 7. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
The Graduals Featuring artists including Ahmed Bouholaigah, Tianzhuo Chen, Jean-Baptiste Wejman and Lantian Xie, this show breaks through the traditional definition of an exhibition and explores how the artworks integrate with dynamic space. Ongoing. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).
Submissions for Artists in Residence 2013 Bastakiya programme Emirati artists and international curators are invited to apply for the Artists in Residence 2013 programme, held in Bastakiya from Monday January 7 to Sunday March 31 2013, to coincide with Art Week. Until September 16. For more information and to apply, visit www.dubaiculture.ae or email email@example.com.
Collage Tales Iranian photographer Arman Stepanian presents 11 large-format collage photographs whose subject matter is based on Iranian folklore and storytelling. Until October 4. Gallery Etemad, Unit 12, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).
Renowned Portuguese artist Gil Heitor Cortesao unveils his second solo show at this Alserkal Avenue gallery. This exhibition is a cumulative collection of experiences he has had during his artistic career. Until November 1. Carbon 12, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).
Syrian photographer Jaber Al Azmeh presents a series of works, which began and evolved as did the revolutionary movements in Syria during the first TEN months that the country was in turmoil. Until October 29. Green Art Gallery, AlSerkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9305).
Artography This group exhibition brings together the works of two unique photographers: George Shahda from Syria, and Peppe Tuccillo from Italy. In ‘Dynamic Ornaments’, Shahda reveals the intriguing human presence of his compositions, while ‘I Know the Silence… and I Love It’ highlights Tuccillo’s eye for detail. Until September 30. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
A Brief History of Insignificant Things Respected South African artist Andrew Verster presents a colourful exhibition celebrating Africa’s pattern, history and culture. Verster is fascinated by ancient cultures and the practice of body marking, and its influence is evident in his tribal-inspired artworks. Until October 17. Showcase, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0940).
A Window Inside
Documentary photographer Lana Slezic unveils a series of portrait images from Afghanistan, focusing on women in a Kabul market and taken with a digital camera through an old box camera. Slezic began capturing Afghani women in 2004 on a six-week assignment, but was so captivated by what she saw that she extended her stay for two years. Until October 25. Gulf Photo Plus, Unit D36 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 8545).
Adjacent and Across
Two Pakistani-born female artists, Simeen Farhat and Faiza Butt, feature in this exhibition, which explores various social, gender, and political issues of the region. Although very different in execution, the artworks address similar themes and concerns. Until October 7. XVA Gallery, Gate Village Building 7, DIFC (04 358 5117).
Featuring furniture designers Piero Alessandri and Arnaud Rivieren, the central focus of the show is to contrast and draw parallels between the two artists, whose body of work is informed by different eras. Alessandrini is a world-renowned architect and furniture designer who first gained recognition in the ’60s, while Rivieren is a current designer. Until October 30. La Galerie Nationale, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 4652).
In the Name of Freedom
Palestinian artist Oussama Diab’s solo exhibition features a selection of his latest pop and graffiti-inspired paintings, which use symbolic interpretations of current events and concerns. Until October 30. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Two exhibitions by Hooman Derakhshandeh and Melika Shafahi
Two young talents – photographer Melika Shafahi and painter Hooman Derakhshandeh – feature in this exhibition, each with a dedicated show on one level of the two-storey gallery. Shafahi presents two photographic series, one based on the city of Tehran and the other inspired by popular fable The Emperor’s New Clothes, while Derakhshandeh presents ‘Mystic Presence’, in which the works signify a woman’s perpetual struggle between her inner and outer identities. Until October 11. RIRA Gallery, lower level, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 369 9339).
Jhakaas! Quirky British artist Hatty Pedder’s latest body of work features colourful illustrations that celebrate India’s buzzing capital, Mumbai. With her playful artworks, Pedder takes the viewers on a journey through the city’s streets and alleyways of the bustling Indian capital. Until October 31. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6367).