This week’s top art exhibitions

The best new and ongoing art shows and events in Dubai

Our picks of the week

1 See a group show at Gallery Ward
See Thu 22.

2 View an exhibition about power at Salsali Private Museum
See Sat 24.

3 See textual portraits on self-image at Gallery IVDE
See Mon 26.

4 View works by a UAE-based artist at Carbon 12
See Tue 27.

5 See documentary photos at The Empty Quarter
See Wed 21.

Wednesday 21

Spirit of a Place: Sami Nabeel and Martin Smith
Documentary filmmakers Nabeel and Smith exhibit their travelling body of work in DIFC. The pictures reveal many ways in which man has brought a sense of spirituality to natural locations.
Until May 22. The Empty Quarter, DIFC (04 323 1210).

The Rose and the Nightingale: A Persian Iconography
Group exhibition curated by Maneli Keykavoussi explores the popular themes of the 'gol o bolbol' in Iranian art. Often used as a metaphor for perfection and devotion, the theme has been used for centuries by Persian artists.
Until May 29. JAMM Art Gallery, Al Quoz (04 328 5169).

Thursday 22

Selections: Group Show
A sequel to ‘Selections from the Contemporary Egyptian Art Scene’ this exhibition commemorates the gallery's first anniversary and features a survey of selected works by eight artists from Egypt. Ahmed Kassim, Armen Agop, Atef Ahmed, Ayman El Semary, Essam Darwish, Essam Marouf, Mohamed Ardash, and Nagla Samir.
Until August 28. Gallery Ward, 6A Street, Al Quoz (04 388 3204).

Mon Amour: Hesham Malik
Influential Bahrain-born artist's exhibition is an exploration of different cultures around the world.
Until June 5. Alliance Francaise, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).

The Lost Empire: Fouad Elkoury
The Lebanese photographer's third solo show in Dubai documents his journey through abandoned Soviet military bases. The topography of war and human conflict are regular themes for Elkoury.
Until May 29. The Third Line, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

Friday 23

Traces: Lamya Gargash
Lamya Gargash returns to the Project Space with photographs expanding on internal and external living spaces, seeking humans in otherwise empty compositions. The work looks at contrasts in public and private realms of Emirati society.
Until May 29. The Third Line, Al Quoz (04 341 1367).

Saturday 24

Amir Hossein Zanjani
In his latest solo exhibition, the Iranian artist reveals works that revolve around the philosophical and social idea of the submission to power. His canvasses feature military themes, including soldiers and masses of individuals mobilised by the military. Each represent human conflict and submission.
Until August 17. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 9600).

Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial
Outside Dubai's city walls but well worth a trip to see some of the most striking images and penmanship, this calligraphy exhibition is a celebration of Arabic lettering and the beauty of Islamic script. Includes masterpieces from Europe, USA and China.
Until June 2. Calligraphy Square, Heritage Area, Sharjah (06 512 3355).

Sunday 25

Art celebrating the coming together of talents and the generosity of human kind. All the paintings were started by prominent local artists and then completed by artists from the Mawaheb studio for adults with special needs. The exhibition promises to be thought-provoking and moving.
Until June 7. Art Couture Gallery, Festival City (04 601 0101).

Monday 26

Thank You For Your Cooperation: mentalKLINIK
This exhibition tackles the phenomenon of the individual's preoccupation with creating their self-image in a series of hyper-realistic textual portraits. The works feature colourful reflective surfaces, billboard type signs and rhetorical operations to explore new languages and alternative textures.
Until July 28. Gallery IVDE, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).

Tuesday 27

Arash Nazeri and Majid Fatizadeh at The Mine
The ambitious Al Quoz gallery has a dual exhibition including sculpture and stainless prints of regal Iranian art with a modern twist from Arash Nazeri. The large scale paintings and small drawings touch on human nature and social obligations.
Until May 31. The Mine, Al Quoz (04 379 1704).

Atman: Hazem Mahdy
The UAE-based Egyptian artist presents work featuring abstract figurative photographs and digitally manipulated photography. The monochromatic imagery explores the connectedness of existence.
Until June 10. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).

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