The Distance Syria’s foremost sculptor, Mustafa Ali, was born in Latakia in 1956 and lives and works in Syria. Known for elegant, monumental sculptures that pierce the consciousness and underscore the fragility of mankind, his works have been widely collected in the Arab world for nearly three decades. Until October 25. Art Sawa, DIFC (04 386 2366).
Silk Rose & Sneakers To open Dubai Art Season, The Empty Quarter Gallery celebrates popular culture with works by internationally acclaimed Berlin-based photographers Billy & Hells and American portrait photographer Susan A. Barnett. Billy & Hells is the pseudonym of photographers Anke Linz and Andreas Oettinger. They express society’s fascination with aesthetic ideals through images of clothing and fashion. Barnett, on the other hand, explores the cultural, political and social issues that have an impact on our everyday lives through the most humble of American garments – the T-shirt. Until October 23. The Empty Quarter, Gate Village, Building 2, DIFC (04 323 1210).
The Firm Syrian artist Waseem Marzouki’s The Firm is his first solo exhibition at Meem Gallery as well as in the UAE. Displaying video art and a series of 17 mixed media works on paper and canvas that take on the appearance of blueprints, Marzouki examines systems of power – be they political or cultural – that have played an integral role in the recent tensions within the Arab world. Until October 18. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
The Other Hundred This is a unique photography initiative created to counter popular media’s rich lists, such as the Forbes 100, and bring attention to stories of people from around the world who are not rich but deserve to be celebrated. The exhibition features a selection of images from the 100 photo-stories drawn from 91 countries across six continents and is the result of a worldwide collaboration between amateur and professional photographers. Until October 15. East Wing, Limestone House 12, DIFC (050 5533 879).
Accidental Excavation Grey Noise presents the first solo exhibition of Mariam Suhail in Dubai. Her work stems from the incidental, undocumented minutiae of conversations, media, culture, and the every-day. She employs language from these sources to dissect and re-present what may exist in the spaces between exchanges, ideas, historical events and daily occurrences, resulting in works in sculpture, video, digital images, text and drawing. Until October 24. Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (054 379 0764).
Creative Writing Dubai This creative writing course is designed especially for adults. Aspiring writers from around the world – both beginners and experienced – have participated in this class, which is filled with imaginative exercises, group discussions and unique topics, all combined to offer a workshop that is specifically designed to easily inspire you to take those first steps in the creative writing process. You will work both as a group and individually, being taught by British-born professional author and actress, Hayley Doyle. Dhs700. Every Monday for four weeks. 7.30pm-9pm. Pascal Tepper French Bakery, Dubai Media City firstname.lastname@example.org
I Hate My Friends XVA Gallery is hosting a group of five up-and-coming artists (Charlotte de Bekker, Nino Cricco, Shakhbout Al Kaabi, Nikolai Kozak and Agustina Zegers). The exhibition focuses on and around the notion of conceptual art and trespassing beyond the guidelines and conventions of what one might normally expect in an art gallery. The result is more about the process of the artist’s journey than the artwork itself. Until October 9. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).