Cultural happenings and the best exhibitions currently in town
Africa from Mother to Motherboard Exhibition highlighting the effects of colonisation through the works of two photographers. German-based Austrian Mario Marino’s portraits of the tribes of The Omo Valley in Ethiopia are contrasted against the photo journalism of Kai Löffelbein, who’s images of the pollution and degradation caused by Westernisation creates a dialogue about preserving culture, the environment and the effects of globalisation. Until January 23. The Empty Quarter, Gate Village, DIFC (04 323 1210). Wa Roox Line-Up at Artissima Art Gallery The young French graffiti talent Wa Roox will be showcasing his works, as part of the first exhibition by Street Art Dubai. Highlights include the artist's illustrations on a vintage Chevrolet pick-up truck as well as the chance to see how his work has evolved. Free. Until January 10. Artissima Art Gallery, Al Quoz 1 (055 888 8247).
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 24. Gallery Ward, Off Sheikh Zayed Road, interchange 3, Al Quoz (04 388 3204).
Al-Hallaj and The Tawasin Meem Gallery’s latest mixed-media exhibition by Amar Dawod is inspired by the writings of famous Sufi thinker Mansur Al-Hallaj, who was executed for heresy in 922. Until January 20. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz, (04 347 7883).
Custodian of Vacancy: The Iranian Embassy in the USA The photographs in this show are a result of American Iranian contemporary artist Eric Parnes’ rare access to the Embassy of Iran in Washington DC, which has been closed since the fall of the Iranian Shah and the US Embassy hostage crisis in 1979. Until January 30. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 439 2395).9 X 9 From Riyadh, Lulwah Al-Homoud’s silk prints and installations are inspired by her studies of calligraphy and Arabic design. Until January 16. ArtSpace, Gate Village, DIFC (04 323 0820).
Alfred Basbous Bronze Collection Around 40 sculptures in bronze and metal by the celebrated Lebanese artist Alfred Basbous will be on display for this special exhibition. Until January 18. Opera Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).VJZARIA These video and mapping workshops show you how to turn almost any surface into a dynamic video display. The results will be projected on undisclosed locations in Al Qasba or the Al Majaz Waterfront. A basic knowledge of design software is required. Until January 25. Maraya Art Centre, Block E, Al Qasaba (06 556 6555).
Frida Kahlo by Mawaheb and Reemami This show features a number of portraits and ceramic works created by members of Mawaheb, which is an art studio for talented people with special needs. Until January 31 Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 3313).
The Collected at The Third Line Amir H Fallah’s third solo show is an exploration of the relation between the artist and the patron. The pictures are pre-commissioned portraits, which the US-based Iranian manipulated without the approval of the financier. Until January 23. The Third Line, near The Courtyard, located between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
Colours of Life at Baginskaya Gallery and Studio From Armenia, Taron Simonian’s paintings are inspired by his travels. Until January 21. Baginskaya Gallery, JLT (050 556 2210).
The Salon at Project Space This mixed media group show is a selection of the gallery’s resident artists as well as individuals who have previously exhibited at the The Third Line. The works have been created by younger and mid-career artists who are working in and around the Middle East. Until January 23. The Third Line, near The Courtyard, located between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).
Gentle Artist Jonathan Gent’s solo exhibition features new works involving paintings on wooden boards. The artworks focus on the artist's impressions of the Mediterranean and his memories of Dubai going back to 2008. Until January 31. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).