Art events in Dubai

Get 'Oriental Inspiration' or see "Self Portraits and Portraits'

Thursday 22

Art Emirati
Showcasing established Emirati artists Farid Mohammed Al Rais, Mattar Bin Lahej and Khalid Ali Al Jallaf, each of which has a varying style.
Until January 15. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).

Oriental Inspiration
This magnificent display of photographs taken by a younger generation of artists captures eye-catching urban landscapes, human bodies and concepts. One of the showing artists, Alireza Fani is currently available at auction in Christie’s Dubai.
Until December 24. Opera Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).

Sharjah Biennial 10: Film and Audio Commissions
This exhibition features seven films and three audio works by filmmakers including Karim Aïnouz, Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia and Rania Stephan. Some of these filmmakers were invited to make a new short film based on the Sharjah Biennial 2010’s title, ‘Plot for a Biennial’, using conceptual keywords such as treason, affiliation, corruption, devotion and translation.
Until January 14. Sharjah Art Museum, Arts Area, Sharjah, (06 568 5050).

This group exhibition explores the delicate state of the world today and encourages the viewer to stop and observe the day-to-day things that bring light into our lives. Artists on show include Alireza Fani and Pooja Iranna.
Until January 12. 1x1 Art Gallery, Warehouse 4, Al Quoz 1 (04 341 1287).

Friday 23

Join the Festival Friends ahead of the Festival of Literature
Enjoy discounts and rewards for both the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in March 2012 as well as events in the year-round programme at Dar Al Adaab in Bastakiya. The three levels of benefits include discounted tickets, priority bookings, lounge access and invitations to events.
For more info and to enrol, visit

Saturday 24

Obscure Stream of Life, But I’m Still Having My Afternoon Cuppa
Tehran-based sculptor Bita Fayyazi presents a nine-piece exhibition of mannequin-like pieces that show deformities, desecrations and physical exaggerations as an analogy for a fragmented and dysfunctional society.
Until December 25. Gallery IVDE, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).

Self Portraits and Portraits
Featuring the artworks and self portraits of four Tehran-based women including Soodeh Bagheri, Shideh Tami, Ahoo Hamedi and Shahla Hosseini Barzi. The artists use distinct brush strokes and light effects to reveal their vulnerabilities.
Until January 10. Total Arts at the Courtyard, Street 4, Al Quoz (04 347 5050).

Throw Your Symbols on the Wall
Palestinian artist Jeffar Khaldi presents a symbolic collection of works that hint at current events in the media, film and YouTube clips. Khaldi uses paint and spray paint on paper: in one piece he fuses images of Libyan rebels with stills from the movie Mad Max.
Until January 12. Gallery IVDE, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Unit 17, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).

NYC-based Italian photographer Francesca Galliani’s first solo show uses painting and photography to create a collage-like effect. The fine arts photographer has also just been commissioned to shoot the new campaign for denim brand Levi’s in Italy.
Until December 31. Showcase Gallery, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 348 8797).

Sunday 25

Hadutta Masriya
Three Egyptian artists feature in this group exhibition, which tells the intriguing story of Egypt before and after the Arab Spring.
Until December 30. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 347 7388).

Ziad Dalloul
This Syrian painter’s works feature domestic objects such as chairs and tables placed in sparse but virile landscapes. He uses materials such as ink, sepia and hand-made paper.
Until January 5. Green Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).

40 Poems from the Desert
This exhibition features the works of 20 artists and was launched following the UAE’s 40th National Day. It’s a collection of 40 artworks that have been inspired by each of the poems within the book 40 Poems from the Desert, and the works sit alongside each other in the gallery.
Until January 13. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

Monday 26

Dirty Laundry
Syrian artist Tammam Azzam presents a solo exhibition of canvases featuring rope, clothes pegs and other found objects, which feature in silhouettes on dark backgrounds to appear almost like a photo negative.
Until January 26. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).

Geopolitics of Roots: No Man’s Land
In this exhibition, celebrated Iranian video and performance artist Ghazel comments on identity and the metaphoric concept of space.
Until January 8. Carbon 12, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 464 4392).

Still Nature
Lebanese artist Zena Assi presents an exhibition celebrating the ancient Greek art form of still life. She uses bouquets and sculptures to comment on the physical ‘sitting’ nature of the subject and how it can be used as a subtext to symbolise the way in which society lets go of its will to act, and therefore becomes a lifeless form.
Until January 10. Art Sawa, Gate Village 8, DIFC (04 386 2366).

Tuesday 27

Artist Izdeyar Setna presents this moving photography exhibition in which he captures the raw emotion of those living in the war-torn streets of Karachi in Pakistan.
Until January 12. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

Marie Marie, The Devil in Me has Taken You for a Ride
This solo exhibition by Lebanese painter Marwan Sahmarani is a complex personal insight into the artist’s own journey into fatherhood. It covers the conflict he feels as an artist to be more detached, when as a father he desires more involvement.
Until February 16. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

Peter Pan
This classic production about the magical Neverland adventures of Wendy, Captain Hook and Tinker Bell, based on JM Barrie’s book, will run at the First Group Theatre just in time for Christmas.
Dhs150. 7pm. Until December 30. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6546).

The Dreamer and The Poet
Featuring the artworks of a selection of Arabic and Iranian artists, this group exhibition illustrates how those involved have applied local themes and culture to their own interpretive visual language.
Until January 20. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 0900).

Wednesday 28

Inspirationalists: Khalid Shafar
This solo exhibition features furniture pieces, predominantly timber and woodwork, inspired by the artist’s Emirati heritage and Dubai’s past and present.
Until February 4. The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, Emaar Boulevard (04 447 7025).

To follow on from the UAE’s National Day celebrations on December 2, thejamjar presents a 100-piece exhibition in which Dubai residents have been invited to submit objects and artworks they feel describe their journey within the UAE in the following categories: art, artifacts and domesticity.
Until January 1. Thejamjar, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 7303).

Iranian Canadian artist Babak Golkar’s first solo exhibition in the region is a series of sculptures and inanimate objects that, when viewed from a different angle, appear as well-known architectural designs, such as the Taj Mahal and Hagia Sophia. Worth a look.
Until January 12. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).

Drift: an exploration of urban and suburban landscapes
This Sharjah exhibition, curated by Sharjah Art Foundation president Hoor Al Qasimi, features 10 contemporary artists: Hala Al-Ani, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, Kader Attia, Doug Henders, Bouchra Khalili, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Rika Noguchi, Marwan Rechmaoui and Zineb Sedira. Collectively, the works suggest new, fresh ways of discovering and viewing the urban and suburban landscapes we encounter in our daily lives.
Until January 14. Sharjah Art Museum, Arts Area, Sharjah, (06 568 5050).

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