'In the Name of Freedom' at Ayyam Gallery and more
Gulf Photo Plus Slidefest VIII Now in its eighth edition, this evening of photography promises to entertain, inspire and move. Photographers present their work to an audience, with each presentation limited to five minutes – the aim is to keep the momentum of the evening flowing and to allow a few minutes in between each presentation for Q&A. Free. 7.30pm. Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium (04 380 8545).
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 Sheikh 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).
Kalubela The Fridge presents a three-night singing, dancing and aerial extravaganza at The First Group Theatre, set to iconic songs from the glamorous age of Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Eartha Kitt. Dhs195. 7pm (October 3 and 6), 8pm (October 4 and 5). Until October 6. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 8888).
My Rock Stars: Volume 1 This vibrant exhibition by Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajjaj pays homage to African portraiture. Hajjaj has created colourful outfits for his friends, then photographed them in traditional African style. Until October 18. The Third Line, near The Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
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).
I Dream, I Can and I Will A solo exhibition by young Pakistani artist Shazly Khan. The majestic artworks depict the rich world of women, from their home to the romantic realms of relationships and dreamy introspection. The artist’s pictorial narrative fills her canvases with visual impact that invites viewers to explore the vivid details. Until October 19. NM Art Gallery, The House of Zunn Showroom, Jumeirah Beach Road (050 626 5270).
Plastic Mirrors A beautiful exhibition of vibrant pop art-style portraits on mirror-like frames featuring antlers and horns. Dubai-based Filipino artist Victoria Viray spends her time trying to find a delicate balance between working at an advertising agency and painting portraits of mysterious idealised women. Her first solo show explores themes of identity, emotion, mortality, and human conflict. Until October 10. FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue, www.alkserkalavenue.com.
With A Little Help From My Friends Up-and-coming Dubai-based artist Ubik’s interactive installation takes the concept of team-building as a way to explore shades of friendship in the city. The installation comprises an assorted collection of remote-controlled cars and coloured sand. Until November 15. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
National Clothesline France-based Palestinian-Libyan artist Shadi Alzaqzouq’s works relate to the energy of Arab youth and to the contemporary artistic profusion worldwide. His latest pieces are framed with tyres, and express his deep connection to urban popular movements. Until October 25. Artspace, Gate Village Building 3, Podium Level DIFC (04 323 0820).
Telling Spaces 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).
Wounds Syrian photographer Jaber Al Azmeh’s latest works began and evolved during the first ten months of the revolutionary movements in Syria. Until October 29. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9305).
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).
Four shows at Cuadro Ammar Mohammed Al Attar explores prayer rooms across the UAE. Manal Al Dowayan’s ‘My Name’ installation consists of monumental, three-metre-high wooden prayer beads that carry the names of Saudi women. In ‘Hold Me In’, Athier explores the perception of progress in contemporary Arab society, while Sinisa Vlajkovic attempts to transcend the limits of conventional senses by tapping into intuition in ‘Genius Loci’. Until October 25. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Building 10, Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 0400).
Contemporary Art Attitudes An exhibition featuring three artists with three unique contemporary art styles. Thomas Egense (Denmark) presents 13 digital artworks including his favourite, entitled ‘Jellyfish’ (pictured left). Other artists include Brit Shazeaa Inger Canadian Reta Richards. Until November 8. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
Riches of Female Form A solo show by Karachi-based Balochi artist AS Rind. The show features a selection of oil-on-canvas paintings based on his rich culture, which he expresses in the form of motifs and jewellery adorned by female figures. Until November 2. Hamail Art Gallery, Warehouse 6, 8th Street, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 6479).
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, 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).
Art Generation 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. Until October 30. La Galerie Nationale, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 4652).
From the Streets of San Francisco This colourful street-art exhibition depicts San Francisco street culture through the paintings of cartoons and references to pop culture. Ongoing. Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 6467).
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).
Jhakaas! Dubai-based British artist Hatty Pedder’s latest body of work features colourful illustrations that celebrate India’s buzzing capital, Mumbai. Until October 31. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6367).