The best new and ongoing art shows and events in Dubai
Our picks of the week
1 Shadow Art at Pullman Dubai See Mon 8.
2 We Love Art at Raw Coffee Company See Sat 6.
3 Photos Lost in Painting at Alliance Francaise See Tue 9.
4 The Reflective Collective at Jumeirah Creekside See Sun 7.
5 Flight to Enlightenment at Z Gallery See Fri 5.
Scripts of our unspoken words ‘Scripts of Our Unspoken Words’ is an exhibition in which three African artists come together, expressing the power and implications of abstract writing. Through disordered scribblings on paper and canvas, whether as the main subject or completing their compositions, artists explore the relationship between painting and language. The paintings of Zimbabwean artist Alison Coulthurst are complete with lines of words inspired by dreams, songs and positive emotions. Until September 13. Showcase Gallery, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
Ramadan in Yemen: Max Pam 'Ramadan in Yemen' documents the travels of photographer Max Pam though Yemen in the late 1990s. Working exclusively in black and white and utilising a square format, Pam translated his exploration and experiences into a series of images and diary entries, reflecting his distinctive style: a layering of words and images. Pam’s works have been published in leading international journals and are included in major public and private collections in Australia, Britain, France and Japan. A must-see for photography enthusiasts. Until September 10. East Wing, Limestone House 12, DIFC (050 553 3879).
Flight to Enlightenment Spinning towards enlightenment, Khusro Subzwari's whirling dervishes represent a mystical journey inspired by Rumi’s poetry on love and spirituality. ‘Sema’, which represents a spiritual journey where the seeker turns toward truth, awakened his spiritual side. Since then his work has been more focused on creation, nature and the invisible spiritual world, owing also to his desire to spread awareness of things beyond the earth. Besides various solo and group exhibitions in Pakistan, Subzwari has participated in numerous international exhibitions in Istanbul, London, and in the UAE. Until September 30. Z Gallery, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed (04 323 0333).
We Love Art Exhibition Night Participants of the We Love Art painting workshop will proudly showcase their masterpieces in an exhibition. Held in an industrial café with lots of cool art, fantastic live music and with the great vibe of the We Love Art Community, this is an event you don’t want to miss. 8pm-9.30pm. Raw Coffee Company, Warehouse 10, Al Manara, Al Quoz (056 769 1995).
The Reflective Collective Showcase A total of 14 original works will be showcased from artist Jim Wheat’s 28 collections, including pieces from the ‘Dubai Dollar Project’. The powerful combination of both collections enables the artist and the public to reflect on a whirlwind journey built on the influence of the dollar – a prevailing motif in all of his work. Until October 31. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8555).
Shadow Art Exhibition The exhibition showcases the work of Jordanian artists Bassam Al Selawi and Maysoon Masalha through sculpture, calligraphy and shadows. Shadow art is created by the projection of a spotlight on a three dimensional sculpture of Arabic calligraphy (verses from the Qur’an). Through modern sculpture techniques, the pieces create shadows of singular figures, reflecting the meaning of the phrase or word in the sculpture. Until September 15. Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre (04 294 1222).
Photos Lost in Painting Caty Cordahi has been painting since 1998. She was part of an expressionist painters' group for ten years in Paris and is now in Dubai for her first exhibition, ‘Photos Lost in Painting’. Her work, a combination of oil painting and photographs, portrays a high-colour vision of the Emirates, mainly through landscapes or traditional costumes, translating black and white into different colours. Until September 30. Alliance Française, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).