This week's best art exhibitions

New shows open and QUOZ invades 32 different venues in one day

Wednesday 20

This exhibition involves a series of paintings on industrial materials which have been distorted through melting and twisting, to act as a metaphor for social meltdown.
Until November 24. Mottahedan Projects, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 380 5525).

The Journey
Multidisciplinary artist Ayman El Semary will be exhibiting his work in the UAE for the first time at this gallery which specialises in Egyptian artworks.
Until November 21. Gallery Ward, Al Quoz (04 388 3204).

Thursday 21

Sherin Guirguis and Raja’a Khalid
Two shows at one gallery, Guirguis’ mixed media exhibition ‘Passages/Toroq covers post-colonial cultural themes in the context of Egypt. Khalid’s show, Southeast to Armageddon, comprises of a series of photographs of the Middle East – and is a chapter of her larger project, the Minor Histories Archive.
Until December 5. The Third Line, Near The Courtyard, between Marlin Furniture and Spinneys, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

Friday 22

Soshana Forever at Art Couture
Born in Vienna, Soshana Afroyim was friends with the writer Jean-Paul Satre and Pablo Picasso. Her paintings reflect the artist's cosmopolitan travels.
Until November 30. Al Badia Golf Club, InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).

Spiritual Dance Volume II
This exhibition of Hossein Irandoust paintings are inspired by both minimalist Chinese aesthetics and Persian culture.
Until November 30. ProArt Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah, opp Jumeirah Mosque (04 345 0900).

Saturday 23

Emerging Emirati Artists
This group exhibition in the recently opened hotel is a showcase of the best talents uncovered by the Emerging Emirati Artist Award since 2012.
Until November 30. Mezzanine 2, Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7444).

This arts festival, which occurs as a result of a partnership between Art Dubai and Dubai International Film Festival, will feature live music, artists painting murals, film screenings, tours and talks. The festival will feature 32 culture venues which will host 40 events.
10am-late. Various venues. Al Quoz. For more details visit

Symphony of Colour and Light
Irina Mozhaeva’s exhibition covers the artist’s experiments in painting on silk and the innovative techniques that she used over her 30-year career. The exhibition of nearly 30 works is inspired by Mozhaeva’s interest in colour therapy.
Until December 10. Baginskaya Gallery, JLT (050 556 2210).

Sunday 24

How To Do Things With Hair
Barrak Alzaid's show recontextualises male human hair to raise deeper questions about the hidden meaning of gender stereotypes.
Until December 2. Thejamjar. Located behind Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 7303).

Nabil Nahas
Nahas’ second solo exhibition focuses on three dimensional paintings which are both visual and tactile. They centre on the themes of starfish and landscapes with psychedelic tones.
Until January 9. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue (04 346 9906).

Monday 25

Statues of Limitations
Named after a legal term for the amount of time before someone is no longer able to be prosecuted for a crime, this mixed-media exhibition focuses on the Cold War period of history and draws parallels with fear and propaganda.
Until January 4, Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 8545).

Try to reach the goal without touching the walls
Michael Sailstorfer’s mixed-media exhibition includes paintings, sculpture and video and decontextualises everyday objects to address space, function and how we function in the world.
Until January 7. Carbon 12. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).

Tuesday 26

Cabinet of Curiosities
Jaime Puebla’s images showcase the photographer’s extraordinary eye for colour and focus on objects and scenes varying from the banal to the extraordinary.
Until December 19. Gulf Photo Plus, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

Frida Kahlo by Mawaheb and Reemami
This show features a number of portraits and ceramic works created by members of Mawaheb, which is an art studio for talented people with special needs.
Until January 15, Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 3313).

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