Art events in Dubai

Catch 'Jazz from Paradise' at The Farjam

Wednesday 29

Belgian artist Jean-Luc Moerman presents a multimedia show of paper-based works and pieces on stainless steel sheets.
Until March 2. Gallery IVDE, Street 8, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).

Flower Power 2.0
Quirky Dutch artist Gaby Gaby presents a comic-style multimedia exhibition in which he meshes iconic symbols from pop culture with politics, sports and fashion.
Until March 10. Mojo Gallery, 33 Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7388).

Jazz From Paradise
An exhibition of 25 hand-made Persian carpets from Dr Farhad Farjam’s collection. This display follows on from an earlier exhibition of Safavid carpets.
Until March 13. The Farjam Collection, DIFC (04 323 0303).

The State: Domination, Hegemony and The Panopticon
Touching on subjects such as master and slave relations, this show attempts to understand mechanisms of power. 
Until March 31. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).

Wham! Bam! Islam!
This film screening of Isaac Solotaroff’s documentary tells the story of Dr Naif Al-Mutawa as he endeavours to create a new team of Muslim superheroes called ‘the99’, while tackling censure and cultural speedbumps. The screen will be followed by a Q&A with Dr Al Mutawa.
7pm. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).

Thursday 1

Documentary of Sea
This exhibition features the canvas, video and photographic works of 10 Iranian artists, with the common theme of the sea.
Until March 15. XVA Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 353 5383).

Jessica Mein
The Brazilian artist’s debut exhibition in the Middle East features five animated videos that represent layered states of dreaming and time to alter the viewer’s experience.
Until March 8. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

No Subject...!
A group exhibition featuring 10 young Iranian artists across mediums including paintings, sculptures and photographs, illustrating the current situation in Iran.
Until March 12. 1x1 Art Gallery, Warehouse No 4, Al Quoz 1 (04 341 1287).

Friday 2

Kamen Bonev
The UAE-based Bulgarian painter explores the connection between past and present through inspiration he finds on ancient archaeological sites.
Until March 8. Aspen Café, Kempinski Mall of the Emirates (04 409 5999).

Saturday 3

Microcosms with the Macrocosm, Elements of a Bigger Picture
South African landscape artist Lynette Ten Krooden presents a body of work depicting jellyfish, rock structures, mineral deposits and the night sky on large canvases.
Until March 25. The Majlis Gallery, Al Fahidi roundabout, Bastakiya, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).

Never Stop Asking
New Zealand painter Marion Marquand’s exhibition provokes plenty of thought and illustrates her love for learning.
Until March 10. Gallery 76, Villa 27, Street 7b, off Beach Road near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).

Sunday 4

Drawing inspiration from the genre of science fiction, 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).

Memory of a Place
Lebanese artist Nadine Kanso’s nostalgia for her home town of Beirut is depicted in a series of photographs that capture run-down buildings, unusual neighbourhoods and men and women on their balconies. An insightful exhibition. Until March 7.
Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Gate Village,DIFC (04 425 0400).

My Journey… My Letters
Iranian-born calligraphy artist Abol Atighetchi uses gold leaf as well as traditional colours to emphasise the beauty of the Arabic alphabet in this intriguing show.
Until March 8. The Courtyard Gallery, Street 6, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).

Rebel Renowned American photojournalist David Burnett presents an exhibition of iconic portraits of late reggae artist Bob Marley.
Until April 5. Gulf Photo Plus, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

Monday 5

Breathing Space
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).

GPP 2012
This six-day photo festival will see 13 international photographers descend on the city to lend their expertise through seminars and workshops. Big names include American photojournalist David Burnett. Prices vary. Until March 10. Gulf Photo Plus, various locations. For venue and ticket info see

I Can Imagine You Without Your Home
Palestinian artist Hazem Harb presents his debut Dubai exhibition of black-and-white photographs that document the plight of Gaza during the recent conflict.
Until March 14. Gallery Etemad, Unit 12, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).

In Army We Trust
Syrian painter Thaier Helal presents works that comment on the role of the army in Middle Eastern society.
Until March 15. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).

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).

The Black Garment: An Oriental Story
Cultural development ambassador HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza’ Bin Zayed Al Nahyan presents her debut exhibition of photograms that depict the national dress in a different light.
Until March 13. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

Tuesday 6

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Dubai’s five-day literature event starts today, and this year’s guests include One Day author David Nicholls, local author Linda Davies and British broadcaster Terry Wogan.
Tickets can be bought online at,or at WHSmith at Oasis Centre. Prices and timings vary. Until March 10.

Egyptian artist and university lecturer Marwa Adel’s bold photographs explore themes such as conflict, contradiction and antagonism. She frequently illustrates the repression of women in her own culture through the use of the bare human body.
Until March 12. Art Sawa, Gate Village, DIFC (04 386 2366).

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