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 Desert Monologues Acting Workshop This course will take participants through a variety of drama-based activities and culminates in monologue performances at the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre. It is a diverse course that is designed to be challenging and fun. It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned professional or an absolute beginner. Basic Package starts from Dhs1800, Audition Package Dhs2500 and the Pro Package Dhs3500. 3pm-5pm.Until November 27. The Courtyard Playhouse, Al Quoz Industrial 1, Street 4B, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, (050 986 1761).
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).
Fluid Forms: Solo Exhibition Faig Ahmed stretches traditional threads further in his continued reinvention of the conventional Middle-Eastern carpet. The artist uses the most basic component of a deconstructed rug, woolen threads and arabesque patterns, to elasticize our perception of the cultural icon. Ahmed’s works include hand-woven rugs encompassed in sculptural arms that extend out of thread into neon geometric forms. The artist’s signature optical illusions stretch beyond the carpet frame. Until November 30. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Building 10, Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 0400).
The Other Hundred The photography initiative was 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).