17 art exhibitions in Dubai

The cultural shows and arty exhibitions you need to see this week

Wednesday 5

When the Lights Went Off
We Saw Dubai-based photographer Sara Naim’s debut solo show touches on the notions of abstract light. It features enlarged images of partial photo negatives that have been overexposed and tainted with leaked light, posing questions about the lost potential of photos that never were.
Until October 24. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Thursday 6

Named after an Arabic word meaning ‘division, segmentation, section’, this exhibition features a trio of Arab painters from within the varied world of fine art. Each of the artists present works from their own unique stylistic vision.
Until October 7. The Ara Gallery, Burj Plaza, Emaar Blvd, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

Friday 7

Submissions for Artists in Residence 2013
Bastakiya programme Emirati artists and international curators are invited to apply for the Artists in Residence 2013 programme, held in Bastakiya from Monday January 7 to Sunday March 31 2013, to coincide with Art Week. Six artists will be chosen to work together in the Bastakiya studio spaces, followed by an exhibition at Sikka Art Fair in March 2013.
Until September 16. For more information and to apply, visit www.dubaiculture.ae or email artsservices@dubaiculture.ae.

Saturday 8

GPP Limited
Dubai photography haven Gulf Photo Plus has launched an initiative in which it displays and sells affordable photo prints by local and international artists including Sara Naim. The collection is refreshed every two to three months and prints are priced from Dhs375 to Dhs2,500. Ongoing.
Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 8545).

Sunday 9

This group exhibition brings together the works of two unique photographers: George Shahda from Syria, and Peppe Tuccillo from Italy. In ‘Dynamic Ornaments’, Shahda reveals the intriguing human presence of his compositions, while ‘I Know the Silence… and I Love It’ highlights Tuccillo’s eye for detail. Snippets of Cynthia Reta Richards’ ongoing one-year project, ‘Countless Blessings’, are also on display.
Until September 30. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).

Monday 10

Alserkal Avenue art season opening
The Al Quoz art hub comes alive tonight with live music and 20 new art exhibitions. The Fridge will put on a music performance to celebrate its move to the area, upcoming projects will be revealed at Shelter (including canapés by Lime Tree Café & Kitchen) and the area’s galleries open their doors to art-goers.
Free. 6pm-9pm. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 295 5000).

A Brief History of Insignificant Things
Respected South African artist Andrew Verster presents a colourful exhibition celebrating Africa’s pattern, history and culture. Verster is fascinated by ancient cultures and the practice of body marking, and its influence is evident in his tribal-inspired artworks.
Until October 17. Showcase, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 379 0940).

A Window Inside
Documentary photographer Lana Slezic unveils a series of portrait images from Afghanistan, which focus on women and are taken with a digital camera through an old box camera in a Kabul market. Slezic began capturing Afghani women in 2004 on a six-week assignment, but was so captivated by what she saw that she extended her stay for two years. Slezic will give a talk prior to the opening on Sunday September 9 from 7.30pm. Places are limited and interested parties should register at www.gulfphotoplus.com.
Until October 25. Gulf Photo Plus, Unit D36 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 8545).

Art Generation
Featuring furniture designers Piero Alessandri and Arnaud Rivieren, the central focus of the show is to contrast and draw parallels between the two artists, whose body of work is informed by different eras. Alessandrini is a world-renowned architect and furniture designer who first gained recognition in the ’60s, while Rivieren is a current designer. A talk will be held on the opening night led by Alessandri, and will launch the monthly discussion event, ‘Design Stories’, to be held at the gallery.
Free. 6pm-7pm, September 10; exhibition continues until October 30. La Galerie Nationale, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 4652).

Collage Tales
Iranian photographer Arman Stepanian presents 11 large-format collage photographs whose subject matter is based on Iranian folklore and storytelling.
Until October 4. Gallery Etemad, Unit 12, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).

Coming Home
Renowned Portuguese artist Gil Heitor Cortesao unveils his second solo show at this Alserkal Avenue gallery. This exhibition is a cumulative collection of experiences he has had during his artistic career, predominantly the architectural experiments regarding utopian ideas of an alternative city that arose when he was a child and which, even though futuristic, are now in the past.
Until November 1. Carbon 12, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).

Magical Sands
Dubai-based Iranian photographer Borna Ahadi’s collection of black-and-white photos depicts the landscapes of the seven emirates, including places such as Jebel Hafeet and Hatta. The 35 shots, which were taken from 2009 onwards, show the beauty of the desert and all its complexities.
Until September 12. Arsh Art Gallery, 2204 Indigo Icon Tower, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 420 3471).

The Seismic Sanctuary
Iranian artist Pantea Rahmani unveils a solo show featuring works from her previous self-portrait series, alongside pieces from her new series of Tehran landscapes. Pantea Rahmani’s approach to the careful detailing of her own physical body is transferred to mapping the geographical landscape of Tehran.
Until November 28. Salsali Private Museum, Unit 14, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 9600).

Tuesday 11

Artinhouse with Radu Tesaro
Czech artist Radu Tesaro presents 20 oil-on-canvas works inspired by her travels to Africa and the Middle East. The collection includes portraits and landscapes with African influences, plus works influenced by Dubai’s love of horse-racing, wildlife and architecture.
Until September 15. Artinhouse, First Floor, Mövenpick Bur Dubai (04 336 6000).

Iranian artist Fereydoon Omidi’s homage to Persian calligraphy features delicate artworks that play on the beauty of this ancient art form. He uses fluid movements to create dreamlike works.
Until September 10. XVA Gallery, Building 7, Gate Village, DIFC (04 358 5117).

Quirky British artist Hatty Pedder’s latest body of work features colourful illustrations that celebrate India’s buzzing capital, Mumbai. With her playful artworks, Pedder takes the viewers on a journey through the city’s streets and alleyways to pay tribute to the complex make-up and religions of Mumbai.
Until October 31. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33 Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6367).

Museum of Optography,
The Purple Chamber London-based artist Derek Ogbourne’s latest body of work, being exhibited in Sharjah, is themed around the fear of a sudden death and focuses on mortality and vision. Created in 2007, this exhibition stemmed from an idea that an image can be imprinted on the retina at the moment of death.
Until October 3. Collections Building, Sharjah Arts Area, Sharjah Art Foundation (06 568 5050).

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