Art exhibitions in Dubai

'Between Heaven & Earth' at Galatea and more this week

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Wednesday 19

Between Heaven & Earth
Lebanese artist Fady Habib’s first solo exhibition features artworks from his new Angels collection, conveying life between heaven and earth with inspiring colours, winged bodies and light.
Until September 27. Galatea Art Gallery, Dubai Marina (04 447 0667).

I Think I Love You
An installation of oil paintings produced by art workers in Dafen, China. The paintings are crafted as replicas of a single publicly distributed image of HH Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai. Each painting measures 1.3m by 2m.
Until October 31. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).

My Rock Stars: Volume 1
This vibrant exhibition by Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajjaj pays homage to traditional African portraiture.
Until October 18. The Third Line, near The Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

The Graduals
Featuring artists including Ahmed Bouholaigah, Tianzhuo Chen, Jean-Baptiste Wejman and Lantian Xie, this show breaks through the traditional definition of an exhibition and explores how the artworks integrate with dynamic space.
Ongoing. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).

Thursday 20

I Dream, I Can and I Will
A solo exhibition by young Pakistani artist Shazly Khan. The majestic artworks depict the rich world of women, from their home to the romantic realms of relationships and the dreamy introspection. The artist’s pictorial narrative fills her canvases with visual impact that invites viewers to explore the vivid details.
Until October 19. NM Art Gallery, The House of Zunn Showroom, Jumeirah Beach Road (050 626 5270).

Taqaseem
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 Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 454 2784).

Friday 21

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 photos that never were. A vivid, inspiring twist on modern photography.
Until October 24. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Saturday 22

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).

Telling Spaces
Iranian photographer Majid Koorang Behesti presents two photography series providing a unique opportunity to view the span of imagination, political reaction and beauty created by today’s Iranian artists.
Until October 11. Ayyam Art Centre, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

Wounds
Syrian photographer Jaber Al Azmeh presents a series of works, which began and evolved during the first ten months of the revolutionary moverments in Syria.
Until October 29. Green Art Gallery, AlSerkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9305).

Sunday 23

Artography
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.
Until September 30. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).

A Window Inside
Documentary photographer Lana Slezic unveils a series of portrait images from Afghanistan, focusing on women in a Kabul market and taken with a digital camera through an old box camera. 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.
Until October 25. Gulf Photo Plus, Unit D36 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 8545).

Monday 24

Film Buzz with DIFF and The Pavilion
Tonight kicks off a three-day screening of Iranian films, the first entitled Sa’adat-Abad (Felicity Land). Set in an affluent suburb of Tehran, protagonist Yasi tries to save her marriage by throwing a birthday party for her husband.
Free. 7.30pm. Until September 25. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

In the Name of Freedom
Palestinian artist Oussama Diab’s solo exhibition features a selection of his latest pop- and graffiti-inspired paintings, which use symbolic interpretations of current events and concerns.
Until October 30. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).

Soles and Stories Dubai-based organisation
The Sameness Project has partnered with Toms shoes to provide a platform for domestic workers to share their stories and allow the public to hear their voices. The nine women have each decorated and artistically altered a pair of plain shoes, which are being exhibited as one-offs. Those attending will be able to buy the shoe art, as well as art created by professional artists in support of the project, with all the money raised going towards the shoe artists.
7pm. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (056 795 2375).

Two exhibitions by Hooman Derakhshandeh and Melika Shafahi
Two young talents – photographer Melika Shafahi and painter Hooman Derakhshandeh – feature in this exhibition, each with a dedicated show on one level of the two-storey gallery. Shafahi presents two photographic series, while Derakhshandeh presents ‘Mystic Presence’, in which the works signify a woman’s perpetual struggle between her inner and outer identities.
Until October 11. RIRA Gallery, lower level, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 369 9339).

Tuesday 25

Adjacent and Across
Two Pakistani-born female artists, Simeen Farhat and Faiza Butt, feature in this exhibition, which explores various social, gender, and political issues of the region. Although very different in execution, the artworks address similar themes and concerns.
Until October 7. XVA Gallery, Gate Village Building 7, DIFC (04 358 5117).

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.
Until October 30. La Galerie Nationale, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 4652).

From the Streets of San Francisco
This colourful street-art exhibition depicts San Francisco street culture through the paintings of cartoons and references to pop culture.
Ongoing. Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 6467).

Jhakaas!
Quirky Dubai-based British artist Hatty Pedder’s latest body of work features colourful illustrations that celebrate India’s buzzing capital, Mumbai. With her playful mixed-media artworks, Pedder takes the viewers on a journey through the city’s streets and alleyways of the bustling Indian capital.
Until October 31. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6367).

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