Colours of a Beating Heart
Inspired by music, Dubai-based French artist and muralist Julie Dalloz presents a visually engaging solo exhibition full of movement and life.
Until February 20. The Fridge, Al Quoz 4 (04 347 7793).
Belgian artist Jean-Luc Moerman presents a multimedia show of paper-based works and pieces on stainless steel sheets. Just as an epiphytic plant grows on other plants to survive, the artist uses marker pen and acrylics to build on his surfaces to form visual masterpieces.
Until March 2. Gallery IVDE, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).
In this exhibition of films, 19 South African artists (including world-renowned William Kentridge and Robin Rhode) explore the concepts of personal ownership, with each artist either starring in the film or referring to themselves within their work.
Until February 4. Ductac, Level 2, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Celebrating the pioneers of modern Sudanese art, this exhibition features the works of Ibrahim Salahi and Mohammed Omar Khalil, who have shaped the region’s art by combining Western technical practices with their cultural heritage.
Until February 29. Meem Gallery, next to Pressotto, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Beyond the Obvious
Switzerland-based designer, art director, artist and advertising magnate Dean Williams presents an abstract exhibition of recent works that take on a transparency and are devoid of time and space.
Until February 11. The Majlis Gallery, Al Musalla Roundabout, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).
The Brazilian artist’s debut exhibition in the Middle East features five animated videos as well as works on paper, which represent layered states of dreaming and time to alter the viewer’s experience.
Until March 8. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
In this solo exhibition of abstract paintings, Belgian artist Vincent Messelier uses a palette knife and striking colour to create horizontal and vertical lines on his pieces, which have a nature element. Until February 4. Gallery 76, Dubai International Art Centre, Villa 27, off Beach Road near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).
Buy tickets to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Tickets to Dubai’s biggest literature event can be bought via www.emirateslitfest.com or in person at WHSmith at Oasis Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road. Sign up to become a Festival Friend online to get a 10 per cent discount and lots of benefits. This year there are plenty of big names, including One Day author David Nicholls, Nicholas Sparks (author of The Notebook) and Brit broadcaster Terry Wogan, as well as local author Maha Garghash.
Described as a skateboard ‘dexhibition’, this collaboration between Tashkeel Hub and FN Designs features 30 UAE artists, who were given old skateboards to use as canvases.
Until February 18. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba, intersection 1, Street 5 and 20 (04 336 3313).
This solo exhibition by award-winning Egyptian artist Mohammed Taman features a range of oil paintings characterised by the chemical reaction that occurs when he superimposes pigments onto the canvas to create unusual metallic-like hues.
Until February 10. ArtSpace, Gate Village building 3, DIFC (04 323 0820).
Inspirationalists: Khalid Shafar
This solo exhibition features furniture pieces, predominantly timber and woodwork, inspired by the artist’s Emirati heritage.
Until February 4. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).
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).
A conceptual exhibition featuring items such as feathers, mirrors, scrunched-up pages of books, antiques, cigarette packs and bric-a-brac. German-born artist Al Braithwaite uses these juxtapositions to challenge boundaries and comment on authoritarian positions in society.
Until February 13. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).
A Labour of Light
A fascinating show that documents the plight of a group of abandoned labourers in Sajja, an industrial area in Sharjah, as photographed by themselves. When their employer fled the country during the economic downturn the men were left to fend for themselves in the camp. Prints and postcards will be on sale during the exhibition.
Until February 16. Gulf Photo Plus, Warehouse D36, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).
Drawing inspiration from the genre of science fiction, where time travel, voyages into space and ideas of what will happen next shape what is really to come in the future, Iranian artist Ala Ebtekar takes events that are actually occurring today and links them to stories and history in the past.
Until March 8. The Third Line, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).
Exploring themes such as human interaction and the subconscious body language used within day-to-day life, Iranian artist Mehrdad Mohebali’s detailed paintings capture people going about their seemingly mundane daily rituals and invite the viewer to explore a moment frozen in time.
Until February 18. Gallery Etemad, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).
Commenting on the change that brought about the Arab Spring, this solo exhibition by Egyptian artist Wael Darwesh is a series of works that depict what the artist himself witnessed.
Until February 23. Art Sawa, Gate Village Building 8, DIFC (04 386 2366).
Light From Life
A stunning exhibition showing off the landscape and nature photos of eight regional artists, following a joint expedition to New Zealand to capture the unique natural environment of that region.
Until March 3. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).
Moroccan-born Algerian artist Driss Ouadahi’s first solo exhibition in Dubai features a series of paintings depicting the flaws of modern architecture, such as sterile housing developments and wire fencing.
Until March 14. Lawrie Shabibi, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).
Acclaimed Turkish photographer Nazif Topçuoglu presents a series of playful and theatrical images, showing young women in medieval-style settings.
Until March 5. Green Art Gallery, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).
Citing artists Roland Barthes and Marcel Proust as inspiration, Austrian photographer Birgit Graschopf uses her medium to explore a variety of public and private spaces in a series of evocative black-and-white photographs. Definitely worth a look.
Until February 12. Carbon 12, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 464 4392).