Art exhibitions in Dubai this week

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Thursday 8

Beyond Rhythm
Italian-born, NYC-based artist Francesca Galliani’s latest collection of mixed-media photographs celebrates dance. Through painting, splashes of colour, elements of collage and words, she magnifies the universal message of hope and joy that dance creates.
Until November 10. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue,Al Quoz (04 379 0940).

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).

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 includes 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).

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 about 40 remote-controlled cars, which can be driven by visitors.
Until November 15. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Friday 9

Hamlet the Clown Prince
Ductac reinterprets Shakespeare’s classic as a performance in progress by a group of blundering clowns.
Dhs150-350. Doors open 6.30pm. Until November 10. Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

The Silk Road
The exhibition features ancient works of art spanning the Middle East to the Far East. Items on display include ancient scroll paintings, porcelain ceramics and glassware, from countries such as Japan, China, India, and Persia.
Until December 23. Farjam Collection Gallery, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).

Saturday 10

Extimacy
LA-based Iranian artist Hayv Kahraman presents a new body of work that tackles the complex relationships between gender and identity constructs, geopolitical and physiological boundaries and the perception of self within the demands of conformity within society. Her works depict fragmented women.
Until November 29. The Third Line, Street no 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).

ONLY QUOZ: A common ground for cultural minds
The Al Quoz district hosts an annual art project involving a day of events, exhibitions and workshops from 30 different art and design projects.
10am-10pm. Various locations, Al Quoz Art District. For more info, search for QUOZhappens on Facebook, or @QUOZhappens on Twitter.

Sunday 11

Column by Sheree Hovsepian
The Iranian artist shows her first exhibition in Dubai, exploring the nature of photography as an artistic medium in relation to form and sculpture.
Until January 6. Gallery Etemad, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 8649).

Small Artworks
This exhibition features 50 small works that each explore themes of land and cityscape. The pieces were selected based on their size, and highlight the various styles and techniques used by artists including Fereydoun Ave, Afsoon, Zubin Amiri and more.
Until November 20. Total Arts at the Courtyard, Al Quoz 1, Street 4b, between Times Square Centre and Al Tayer Motors (04 347 5050).

Monday 12

Creative writing with Hayley Doyle
The UK author hosts a series of regular classes, looking at a broad range of writing skills, from short stories to novels.
Dhs750 for six 90-minute classes. Until December 10. Traffic Art Gallery, Al Quoz (055 104 0538).

Sara Al Haddad
This emerging Emirati artist takes on the latest artist’s residency at the Ductac Gallery of Light. The artist’s work focuses on an exploration of typically female and domestic handcrafts.
Until December 12. Gallery of Light, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

Tuesday 13

Project Space: Learning by Heart
Iranian artist Arwa Abouon’s latest exhibition explores a private journey in spirituality, personal dynamics and human nature’s quest towards understanding faith. Her photographic series draws from her own personal experiences and reflection, and attempts to articulate abstract notions such as human emotion and relationship with faith.
Until November 29. The Third Line, Street 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 341 1367).

Zoulikha Bouabdellah
The artist’s new exhibition, ‘Any Resemblance to Actual Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental’, explores social realities and issue of womanhood, using multi-textural techniques such as dripping hot wax, slashing paper.
Until December 5. Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1(04 323 5052).

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