Six new shows of art from across the world open around the city
Eyes Wide Open – An Afghan Journey This show features a selection of work from Pia Torelli's visit to Afghanistan in 2002, presented next to images she captured in 2013, providing a commentary on the evolution and journey of the nation and its people. Until December 31. 8pm. Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).
How To Do Things With Hair Barrak Alzaid's intriguing show recontextualises male human hair to raise deeper questions about the hidden meaning of gender stereotypes. Until December 2. Thejamjar. Located behind Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 7303).
Sherin Guirguis and Raja’a Khalid Two shows at one gallery, Guirguis’ mixed-media exhibition ‘Passages/Toroq covers post-colonial cultural themes in the context of Egypt. Khalid’s show, Southeast to Armageddon, comprises of a series of photographs of the Middle East – and is a chapter of her larger project, the Minor Histories Archive. Until December 5. The Third Line, Near The Courtyard, located between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
Soshana Forever at Art Couture Born in Vienna, Soshana Afroyim was friends with the writer Jean-Paul Satre and Pablo Picasso. Her paintings reflect the artist's cosmopolitan travels. Until November 30. Al Badia Golf Club, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
Dear Leader Ingrid Hora’s abstract paintings in paper address the relationship between individuality and society, exploring topics including the subject of how much one person can control. The main piece is inspired by a gigantic mosaic of pictures created by over 30,000 North Korean children. Until December 28. Grey Noise, Unit 24, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0764).
Ruben Sanchez: The B Side Following his residency with Tashkeel, the Barcelona-based urban artist Ruben Sanchez is exhibiting his creations. Evolutions of the invented cartoon worlds from his childhood, his teenage involvement in the graffiti and skateboard scene and the potential for this type of art to embellish Dubai are the foundations of his vibrant artworks. Until December 31. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).
El Moulid This mixed-media group exhibition is based on the Egyptian celebrations which take place after the birth of a Sufi saint. Until January 8. Gallery Ward, Off Sheikh Zayed Road, interchange 3, Al Quoz (04 388 3204). www.alserkalavenue.ae.
Try to reach the goal without touching the walls Michael Sailstorfer’s mixed-media exhibition includes paintings, sculpture and video and decontextualises everyday objects in order to attempt to address exactly how we function. Until January 7. Carbon 12. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
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Nabil Nahas Nahas’ second solo exhibition focuses on three dimensional paintings which are both visual and tactile. They centre on the themes of starfish and landscapes with psychedelic tones. Until January 9. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue (04 346 9906).
Statue of Limitation Named after a legal term for the amount of time before someone is no longer able to be prosecuted for a crime, this mixed-media exhibition focuses on the Cold War period of history and draws parallels with fear and propaganda. Until January 4, Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 8545).
Treasures of the UAE Art Competition The 24 winning pieces of art, chosen from 283 pieces by students from 61 schools across the UAE, are being exhibited in a special show. The works, which capture the essence of the UAE’s famous historical sites and landmarks were created as part of the 42nd National Day celebrations. Until January 5. Al Musallah Road, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai, (04 353 6666).
Cabinet of Curiosities Jaime Puebla’s images showcase the photographer’s eye for colour and focus on objects and scenes from the banal to the extraordinary. Until December 19. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
Frida Kahlo by Mawaheb and Reemami This show features portraits and ceramic works created by members of Mawaheb, which is an art studio for talented people with special needs. Until January 15, Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 3313).