Art exhibitions in Dubai

Shows and events from May 16 to 22

Wednesday 16

GPP Slidefest VII
Now in its seventh instalment, this free photography event brings together locally based artists to present their photos and slides in five-minute intervals, and then participate in brief Q&A sessions with the audience. 7pm-11pm. Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium, Knowledge Village (04 380 8545).

Modern Indian Art
Featuring the varied works of 15 international-scale contemporary Indian artists, including MF Husain, Jamini Roy, Krishen Khanna and Ajolie Ela Menon.
Until June 15. ProArt Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah, opposite Jumeirah Mosque (04 345 0900).

Moments Shared: The Treasured
Temporary Iraqi-born, London-raised artist Alia Dawood’s latest exhibition touches on the temporary, passing moments she has captured and experienced while in Dubai.
Until May 31. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0950).

Through the Looking Glass
In her debut solo exhibition, Emirati photographer Lamya Gargash focuses on identity, perception and acceptance in today’s society. Her subjects have all been shot looking at their reflection in a mirror where they must face their exaggerated imperfections, which are distorted and magnified using protheses. The artist cites US conceptual portrait artist Cindy Sherman as a major influence on her work.
Until May 30. The Third Line, near The Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

Thursday 17

Emirati pop artist Khawla Al Marri’s quirky exhibition depicts seven of her closest friends and the inner strength that they embody.
Until June 2. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

Made In Nadia
French illustrator and painter Nadia Karim unveils a solo exhibition of cartoon-style works and posters that use humour to comment on life. Her style is heavily influenced by the art deco movement and aims to make the viewer smile.
Until May 24. Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1 (04 326 6467).

The Imprint
Iranian artist Niloufar Banisadr presents an interesting solo exhibition of photographs featuring beach towels imprinted with the figures of the people that lay upon them.
Until June 7. Cuadro Fine Art, Gate Village 10, DIFC (04 425 0400).

Friday 18

Islamic Design, Discovery and Vision: Owen Jones
Don’t miss this rare exhibition in Sharjah. It takes inspiration from treasures that make up the V&A (Victoria and Albert) collection to tell the story of 19th-century architect and explorer Owen Jones, who is known to have introduced elements of Islamic design into Britain.
Open Fri 4pm-8pm. Until July 15. Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Corniche Street, Al Majjarah, Sharjah (06 565 5455).

Outdoor Art Project
An al-fresco exhibition launched by Dubai Culture and Dubai Properties Group, featuring the structural works of 12 UAE artists. Pieces on display include a Mashrabiya latticed screen by Dubai-based American artist Elise Vazelakis.
Until September 1. Bay Avenue, Executive Towers, Business Bay (04 515 5004).

Saturday 19

Colours of the World
This exhibition includes the canvas and sculptural works of 19 international artists, including Mark Kaplan from Russia, Lee Dong Uk from Korea, Diego Masi from Uruguay and Patrick Boussignac from France.
Until May 30. Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard (04 323 0909).

FunFilm Factory: An Introduction to Animation
Experienced animator Myles Cummings is holding a course for aspiring animators and cartoonists every Saturday over five weeks (the course started on Saturday May 5). You’ll learn how to create cartoon characters and tell stories through animation. Individual classes can be booked for Dhs400 each, which includes lunch.
10am-5pm. Until June 9. Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1 (055 774 1306).

An exhibition featuring the works of Tehran-based artist Shirin Aliabadi, plus two new works not yet revealed by the artist.
Until June 19. The Farjam Collection, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).

Sunday 20

After Spring
Syrian artist Kevork Mourad works mainly in black and white, showing his heritage through his use of mosaic-style patterns, and using the monochrome landscape to create a message about war and the cruelty of humanity.
Until June 21. Courtyard Gallery, Interchange 3, exit 43, Al Quoz (04 347 9090).

Colours of Eternity
This vibrant exhibition showcases the works of three well-known Russian artists, including Alexandr Filippov, Albert Tsamaladz and watercolour expert Alexandr Matiash. Each of the artists has a classical style, and their colourful works depict nature and landscapes.
Until May 31. Wafi Mall Gallery Area, Khan Murjan, Wafi (04 447 0576).

Life is Too Short
Collector Ramin Salsali’s latest thought-provoking exhibition comments on the place of photography and video installation in the world of modern art.
Until July 31. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 9600).

Monday 21

It’s No Longer About Me
Up-and-coming Syrian painter Mohannad Orabi presents a solo exhibition that focuses on the concept of self awareness. In this series, his subjects are forced to come to terms with themselves, their situations and the events around them.
Until June 16. Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Gate Village 3 (04 439 2395).

Reflections on Islamic Splendour
Dubai-based British painter Kate Toledo’s style is influenced by her unique upbringing in Tanzania and New Zealand. In this exhibition, her works are influenced by her current regional surrounds and contain themes such as Islamic embroidery and Persian ceramics.
Until May 26. Gallery 76, Villa 27, Street 7b, off Beach Road near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 4398).

Tuesday 22

Corrupted Theories
French-born Algerian artist Abdelkader Benchamma presents his first solo show in the Middle East. The body of work features fine graphic sketches on paper and three wooden floors that appear to have shattered like glass. The artist explores the notions between possibility and actuality.
Until July 15. Gallery IVDE, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 5052).

I Love You Green
Saudi Arabian artist Hussein Al Mohasen launches his debut solo exhibition. Using graffiti on canvas, Al Mohasen takes inspiration from Arabic music, poetry and calligraphy to reinvent the relationship between spaces and script. His paintings also feature figurative works combining machinery and objects with bold colours.
Until June 14. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village (04 358 5117).

Memories Wrapped in Gold Paper
The recent body of work by acclaimed Spanish artist Lita Cabellut features portraits that embody the character and humility of the subject.
Until May 30. Opera Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 323 0909).

This exhibition features a selection of sculptures and new paintings by up-and-coming 28-year-old Iranian artist Ramtin Zad. His recent works include surreal-themed vases, which draw on the Japanese theatre movement of kabuki.
Until May 24. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).

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