Pleasure Givers: Mohammed El Rawas For Mohammad El Rawas, there are neither prohibitions or boundaries of space or time in the world of artistic creation. His new works seem purely visual, the play of shapes, forms and allusions opens new avenues to the imagination. Beyond this deeper perception of the viewer, Rawas wants to reaffirm the artist’s sovereign freedom to create works of art that have no need of justification or explanation. Until September 13. Art Sawa, DIFC Gate Village, Building 8 (04 386 2366).
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).
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).
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’ll Build This City on Art and Love The roles of women in Arab society remain central for Shurooq Amin in this exhibition, however, moving away from the individual the artist further reflects upon a variety of social maladies. In the combining of various media, the use of bright pink and red, tongue-in-cheek imagery, and a sense of whimsy, Amin’s canvases are vivacious even while approaching subject matter of a serious or delicate nature. Until October 23. Ayyam Gallery, Podium Level, DIFC Gate Village Building 3 (04 392 395).
Majority World: Group Show Gulf Photo Plus presents a group show by five photographers, representing unique and intimate perspectives of five different countries spanning three continents. Majority World encourages stories to be told by photographers in their own context. Featuring Pablo Corral Vega (Ecuador), Shadi Ghadirian (Iran), Khaled Hasan (Bangladesh), Neo Ntsoma (South Africa), and Dominic Sansoni (Sri Lanka). Until October 25. Gulf Photo Plus, Warehouse D36, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 3808545).
Unsanctioned Art The Mine presents Unsanctioned Art, its first ever urban contemporary group show. An extraordinary set of urban artists from Barcelona will be showcasing pieces from an ever-growing artistic movement. The exhibition will highlight works ranging from graffiti to pop art and diverse installations. With more than a dozen hip young artists, among which are Pez, Mag1 and even Francisco de Pajaro, this group show will open the doors to an atypical artistic community and illustrate Barcelona’s rhythm and natural artistic beat. Until October 4. The Mine, Street 8, Warehouse 38, opposite Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 1704).