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Top exhibitions to check out this week

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Wednesday 20

Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature 2013
This annual event runs from Tuesday March 5 to Saturday 9, featuring a line-up packed with renowned authors. Tickets can be bought online via the EAIFL website or in person at Kinokuniya at The Dubai Mall until Saturday March 9 and at Dar Al Adaab in Bastakiya during the week. The festival also runs membership scheme Festival Friends, which offers discounts on tickets and more. See the website for the full line-up.
Dhs40-400. March 5-9. Various locations, www.eaifl.com.

Flash Back on Photography
Featuring works of renowned photojournalists, including Sebastião Salgado, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Willy Ronis as well as contemporaries Andreas Gursky, Cedric Delsaux, Murat Germen, Amr Fekry, Claudio Cocciadiferro, Paul Seux, Kelly Brbich, Michel Dubois and Valerie Le Fevre. The images depict nature, world events, still life and culture.
Until March 11. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Beach Road, Jumeirah (04 345 0900).

The Istanbul Portfolio
A collaboration between Opera Gallery and Turkish initiative ON Istanbul, this show features emerging and established Turkish artists including Ali Alisir, Sencer Vardarman, Hayal Incedogan, Olcay Kus and Kemal Seyhan.
Until March 14. Opera Gallery, DIFC (04 323 0909).

Thursday 21

Direction
New York abstract artist Peter Halley presents ‘Doorway and Conduit’, which focuses on the architecture of the Kaaba, a cuboid building in Mecca, the most sacred site in Islam.
Until March 15. Mottahedan Projects, Al Joud Centre, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 5525).

Figure It Out
Focusing on figure work by French artists Corine Pagny, Yolanda Hessenbrch and Guillame Delormas.
Until February 27. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club, Festival City (04 601 0101).

Secret Dubai
Features a series of ceramic sculptures and photographs inspired by the private, human side of Dubai’s older areas. Artist Katerina Smoldyreva wandered the streets to uncover these aspects through small figurines, which reflect deeper emotions and possess a human fragility.
Until February 25. Gallery 76, Dubai International Art Centre, Villa 27, behind Mercato Mall (04 344 4398).

Friday 22

An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar/Contraband
This solo exhibition by American artist Taryn Simon features a selection of two bodies of work, and examines the hidden elements that contribute to modern American culture.
Until May 6. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7026).

Saturday 23

A Day in Venice
Enjoy an evening dedicated to Venetian culture in recognition of The Venice Internship Programme, run by The National Pavilion of the UAE. The event will welcome the 18 interns selected to participate in the 55th Venice Biennale, and will be followed by a screening of Italian film Signore & Signori, which translates as ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’.
Free. 4pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Dance course at Contemporary Dance Dubai
This six-week course is taught by professional dancer Krista Degaetano and is open to all dance levels.
Dhs420 to Dhs540, depending on level and length of the class. James & Alex Dance Studios, 813 and 814 Concord Tower, Dubai Media City (050 949 5801).

Pecha Kucha night at The Archive
Want to know what fills the heads of Dubai’s most creative individuals? Ten speakers will share their ideas and present 20 images for 20 seconds each. Topics are diverse, so we guarantee you’ll walk away inspired.
Free. 8.20pm. The Archive, Gate 5, Safa Park (04 349 4033).

Women in Art VIII
This exhibitionaims to promote female artists living in the UAE. Ten women from seven different countries within Dubai’s art community display their works at the gallery.
Until March 11. Courtyard Gallery, Street 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 347 9090).

Sunday 24

Paper
Artists including Anish Kapoor, Walid Siti, Imran Channa, Debjani Bhardwaj and Mohsen Ahmadvand celebrate the underrated medium of paper and explore their own connection to it in this colourful exhibition.
Until March 13. XVA Gallery, Gate Village Building 7, DIFC (04 358 5117).

Wild Things
Showcasing the works of more than 20 UAE-based illustrators, this show explores the art of illustration and the skills, talent and creative minds behind the profession and prompts a discussion on whether illustration belongs in a gallery and the role of technology in art.
Until February 28. FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0490).

Monday 25

Automatic Assembly Actions
A solo exhibition of works by Stuttgart-based Iranian video installation artist Anahita Razmi, covering themes such as art history, politics and cultural spheres.
Until March 14. Carbon 12, Unit D37, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).

Aware
A collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), this exhibition aims to raise awareness of starvation in the region. It features artworks by emerging and established Middle Eastern artists across various mediums.
Until March 7. The Farjam Collection, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).

Film Buzz with DIFF at The Pavilion
Feel the love after the Valentine’s Day hype has died down with three romantic flicks screening over three nights at The Pavilion, including A 7 Hour Difference, Never Let Me Go and The Last Kiss.
Free. 7.30pm. Until February 27. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7025).

Les Contradictions de la Vie
In this vibrant show, Geneva-based Senegalese artist Cheikhou Ba delves deeper into the perceptions, attitudes and ambiguities that inform and shape the human condition.
Until February 28. The Mojo Gallery, 33 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7388).

Tuesday 26

A Taste of Travel
This exhibition features a collection of travel photographs from the Lonely Planet archives, plus the winners of an amateur photography competition in which members of the UAE public submitted photographs themed around one of four categories: nature, architecture, landscape and people.
Until March 7. Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 0000).

King Give Us Soldiers
Hungarian painter Zsolt Bodoni’s first solo exhibition in Dubai features works that relate to power and society. Using inspiration from books, history and his own childhood, his detailed paintings are almost photo-
like.
Until March 3. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9305).

Olympia by Bryan Ferry
A series of limited-edition prints of versions of English singer Bryan Ferry’s Roxy Music album covers, created between 1972 and 1982, plus solo album covers featuring supermodel Kate Moss.
Until February 28. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue (04 380 9600).

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