The best exhibitions and cultural activities in Dubai this week
Time Out Dubai staff
Southern Sojourn The exhibition showcases 16 artists and 46 artworks from south Indian states Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Curated by Mukta Ahluwalia Bedi, this is the first edition of an ongoing exploration of contemporary Indian art practises. Until June 13. Art*ry, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 4801).
Botanica Austrian artist Gerlinde Miesenböck’s solo show features 16 new digitised black and white photographs by taken over the past two years. ‘Botanica’ explores domesticated nature and its relationship to people. Until May 31. Tasgheer Gallery, Zayed University, Academic City (04 402 1588).
Omar Najjar Acclaimed Palestinian artist Omar Najjar’s solo exhibition can be described as expressionism. His use of broad brush strokes in his paintings suggest the story without fully giving the details away. Colour balance is important in his work, while some are void of colour and others have a nicely managed colour palette. The artist focuses on subject matter in everyday life and highlights events that people can relate to. Until May 31. Fann-À-Porter Art Gallery, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 427 0219).
Luz Oxidada Spanish photographer Fernando Manso’s exhibition, ‘Luz Oxidada’ presents a visual selection of ethereal photographs that capture the idyllic yet solitary moments in nature and society. The exhibition’s, title translated from Spanish, means rusty or oxidised light, which describes the subjects and overall moods captured by Manso’s photographs. Until May 27. Rira Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 369 9339).
Borderless Territory French photographer Olivier Escarguel presents his new works at Alliance Française Dubai. Through his wanderings in the Arab World, the former journalist brings back shots of the UAE, Oman and Yemen in which we can feel his poetic approach. Until May 31. Alliance Française Dubai, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).
Love Will Tear Us Apart Scottish artist Charlie Anderson is known for his epic-scale paintings composed of layered fragments from advertisements, postcards, posters, newspapers, flyers and magazines. A post-punk effect is achieved through his intensive process of layering stencils and paint. The result is a vibrantly textured and visually stimulating portrait of contemporary culture. Inspired by cityscapes, music, kitsch pop culture and the creative process itself, Anderson’s works recontextualise familiar, often discarded images in order to glorify the transient aspects of our daily experience. Until June 15. Street Art Gallery, Villa 23, 10th B Street, Jumeirah 1 (055 888 8247).
Seeds from the Desert Sand The exhibition features works by Oman-based German artists Gazmend Kalemi and Miriam Humer. This is the first time the pair will have exhibited their works in collaboration publicly. It is also the first time they will have exhibited in the UAE. Although their art varies in style and subject, similar materials are used including paper, pencil and water. Recurring elements such as transparency, rocks and plants also appear. The artists explore connective ideas of spring, growth and renewal and they are inspired by elements of their surroundings in the Middle East. Until May 31. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).