20 art exhibitions in Dubai

'My Rock Stars' at Third Line and 'Wounds' at Green Art Gallery

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Wednesday 10

Elegy to My Trapped City
A dedicated exhibition of Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi’s mural-sized, epic painting, a 2.4m x 8m monochrome acrylic that premiered at Abu Dhabi art last year and is inspired by the post-2003 destruction of Iraq.
Until November 13. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).

My Rock Stars: Volume 1
This vibrant exhibition by Moroccan photographer Hassan Hajjaj pays homage to African portraiture. Hajjaj has created colourful outfits for his friends, then photographed them in traditional African style.
Until October 18. The Third Line, near The Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

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).

Two exhibitions by Hooman Derakhshandeh and Melika Shafahi
Two young talents – photographer Melika Shafahi and painter Hooman Derakhshandeh – feature in this exhibition. Shafahi presents two photographic series, while Derakhshandeh presents ‘Mystic Presence’, signifying 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).

Thursday 11

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 image of HH Sheikh 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, Umm Suqeim Road (04 347 0209).

Friday 12

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).

With A Little Help From My Friends
Dubai-based artist Ubik’s interactive installation takes the concept of team-building as a way to ‘explore shades of friendship in the city’. The installation comprises a collection of remote-controlled cars and coloured sand.
Until November 15. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Saturday 13

National Clothesline
France-based Palestinian-Libyan artist Shadi Alzaqzouq’s works relate to the energy of Arab youth and to the contemporary artistic profusion worldwide. His latest works are framed with tyres and express his deep connection to urban popular movements.
Until October 25. Artspace, Gate Village Building 3, DIFC (04 323 0820).

Wounds
Photographer Jaber Al Azmeh’s latest images began and evolved during the first ten months of the Arab Spring.
Until October 29. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9305).

Sunday 14

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).

Arabian Nights – Eastern Lights
Swiss-Irish artist Claudio Viscardi presents 20 large-scale canvases featuring multi-layered compositions and complex architectural and geometric structures, on top of textured landscapes.
Until October 31. Funoon Gallery, Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah (050 232 9768).

Four shows at Cuadro
Ammar Mohammed Al Attar explores prayer rooms across the UAE, while Manal AlDowayan’s ‘My Name’ installation consists of three-metre-high wooden prayer beads that carry the names of Saudi women. In ‘Hold Me In’, Athier explores the perception of progress in contemporary Arab society, while Sinisa Vlajkovic attempts to transcend the limits of conventional senses by tapping into intuition in ‘Genius Loci’.
Until October 25. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, Building 10, Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 0400).

Monday 15

Contemporary Art Attitudes
An exhibition featuring three artists with three unique styles. Thomas Egense (Denmark) presents 13 digital artworks including his favourite, entitled ‘Jellyfish’. Other artists include Brit Shazeaa Ingar and Canadian Cynthia Reta Richards.
Until November 8. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Dubai Festival City (050 598 8206).

Riches of Female Form
A solo show by Karachi-based Balochi artist AS Rind. The show features a selection of oil-on-canvas paintings based on his rich culture, which he expresses in the form of motifs and jewellery adorned by female figures.
Until November 2. Hamail Art Gallery, Warehouse 6, 8th Street, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 6479).

The Echo of the Words 2
A collaboration between Sharjah-based Egyptian artist and calligrapher Khalifa El Shimy and Slovenian painter Martin Avsenik. The show features artworks in a range of media, including modernist acrylic paintings by El Shimy and animated sound pictures by Avsenik.
Until November 10. Gallery of Light, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

Tuesday 16

Art Generation
Featuring furniture designers Piero Alessandri and Arnaud Rivieren, the show contrasts 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).

Art Nights
Tonight marks the return of this monthly art, music, design and food event, during which DIFC galleries showcase their new exhibitions while art-goers enjoy live performances, canapés and beverages. The after-party, Art After Dark, will be held at The Ritz Carlton DIFC’s No.5 Lounge & Bar from 9pm.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Gate Village, DIFC (04 362 2222).

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).

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

Jhakaas!
Quirky Dubai-based British artist Hatty Pedder’s latest body of work features colourful illustrations with flashes of neon that celebrate buzzing Mumbai. Pedder takes viewers on a journey through the city’s streets.
Until October 31. Mojo Gallery, Unit 33, Al Serkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6367).

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