'Olympia' at Salsali and digital photography at Gulf Photo Plus
A Permanent Record For Future Investigation Curated by New York-based artist Kamrooz Aram, this show features the work of Nazgol Ansarinia, Talia Chetrit, Iman Issa, Mehreen Murtaza, and Hajra Waheed. Each of the artists uses image-making as a means to negotiate the question of representation. Until January 10. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9305).
Collision by Moataz Nasr In this exhibition, Egyptian multimedia artist Moataz Nasr invites viewers to look within the various strands that make up life in contemporary Cairo. He translates his observations into the universal language of human despair, suffering, love and hope. Until January 10. Lawrie Shabibi. Alserkal Avenue, Unit 21, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Emra’a Adornment Dubai-based artist Patricia Millns reflects on her experience of living in the Middle East for more than 28 years. Items of female adornment, including textiles and threads, reveal conversations and interactions. Tonight, the artist is giving an introduction to her current solo exhibition, followed by a Q&A session. 7pm. Until January 18. Tashkeel, intersection of Street 5 and Street 20, Nad Al Sheba 1, Dubai (04 336 3313).
Salto Iranian artist Ahmad Amin Nazar’s latest exhibition shows muscular wrestlers caught in action, twisting and turning dynamically, with the artworks themselves oriented on the walls in a variety of ways. They magnify the male form while playing out aggressions and embraces. Until January 10. Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).
A Bridge Too Far An exhibition of young American artists including Skyler Brickley, Aaron Curry, Daniel Gordon and Garth Weiser along with Lothar Hempel at a new gallery in Al Quoz. Until January 31. Mottahedan Projects, Al Joud Center, No. 17, Al Quoz (04 380 5525).
Iranian Contemporary Art This group exhibition combines artists with different themes, including Bahareh Raeesi, Mahnoosh Naderi, Maryam Nikbakhsh and Sepideh Sahar. Until January 15. Arsh Art Gallery, 2204 Indigo Icon Tower, JLT (04 420 3471).
Level one digital photography course at Gulf Photo Plus Want to work your DSLR like a pro? This eight-hour workshop demystifies the complicated manual and helps beginners get to grips with their camera’s most useful functions. Dhs730. Until January 12. Gulf Photo Plus, Unit D36, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
More Café photography competition Want to improve your photography skills? Amateur photographers can submit photos relating to the theme ‘festive moments’ for a chance to win great prizes and have their work displayed in Ductac’s Gallery of Light. To enter, upload your photos to the website and fill in the online application form before 5pm on January 14. The competition is open to all UAE residents aged eight and above. Until January 14. www.ductac.org.
Sign up for a creative writing class UK author Hayley Doyle hosts a series of regular classes looking at a broad range of writing skills, from short stories to novels. Classes begin this month – book now. Dhs750 for six 90-minute classes. Traffic, Al Quoz (055 104 0538).
Where Are You Now? UK artist Vanessa Hodgkinson’s first solo show provides a unique insight into her investigation of Orientalism and the influence of Islamic art. Until February 5. Project D Gallery, Building 9, Street 6b, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 5339).
Autobiography Emirati artist and maths whizz Ebtisam Abdulaziz spent a year documenting her life through three projects that cover three different mediums including large drawings, found objects and works on paper. Until January 16. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
Automatic Assembly Actions A solo exhibition of works by Stuttgart-based Iranian video installation artist Anahita Razmi, covering themes such as art history, politics and cultural spheres. Razmi attacks these systems directly, honestly and relentlessly. Tonight, to celebrate the opening, the award-winning artist presents a performance piece entitled ‘Re cut/Piece’, an appropriation of Yoko Ono’s seminal performance ‘Cut/Piece’, in which she sat on a stage and invited people to cut off a piece of her clothing. 7pm. Until March 14. Carbon 12, Unit D37, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).
From Past to Present This solo exhibition features recent works by Iranian artist Salar Ahmadian. His text-based paintings show the artist as more than just a calligrapher: he delicately reinvents the traditional technique into contemporary weaves, with colour a primary focus. Until March 12. Etemad Gallery, Unit 12, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).
King Give Us Soldiers Hungarian painter Zsolt Bodoni’s first solo exhibition in Dubai features works that relate to power and society. Using inspiration from books, history and his own childhood, his detailed paintings are almost photo-like and have an eerie quality. Until March 3. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9305).
Olympia by Bryan Ferry A series of limited-edition prints of versions of English singer Bryan Ferry’s Roxy Music studio album covers, created between 1972 and 1982, plus solo album covers featuring Kate Moss. Until February 28. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 9600).
The Veil Emerging photographer Laura El-Tantawy, who is based between Cairo and London, presents an exhibition that focuses on her culture and the veil, inspired by her own family and women from other cultural backgrounds. Tonight at 7pm, the artist will give a talk on her works. Register to attend. 7pm. Until February 18. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
Treasures of the UAE Students aged seven to 18 from 50 schools across the UAE were invited to submit a piece of artwork depicting a famous national landmark or historical site in the UAE for this exhibition at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. The 24 winning pieces are on display and are also printed in an exclusive calendar, which is available to buy at the centre throughout the year. Ongoing. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. House 26, Al Mussallah Road, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 6666).
This week’s theatre
Mystic Melange On Thursday January 10, Tambourine Live presents an ethnic musical performance that begins with a percussion ensemble from Kerala. Internationally acclaimed Indian singer and musician Parvathy Baul will perform songs and dances, followed by Pakistani artist and Sufi singer Sain Zahoor, who was voted the best voice of 2006 at the BBC World Music Awards. Dhs100, Dhs150, Dhs200, Dhs500. 7pm, January 10. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.timeouttickets.com