This week’s top art exhibitions

The best new and ongoing art shows and events in Dubai

Our picks of the week

1 Witness powerful theatre at Ductac
See Thu 5.

2 Enjoy a Greek comedy at Ductac
See Sat 7.

3 Check out Bilqis at Meem Gallery
See Thu 8.

4 See Syrian photography at Green Art Gallery
See Thu 5.

5 MentalKLINIK at Gallery IVDE
See Mon 9.

Wednesday 4

Atman: Hazem Mahdy
Expect abstract monochrome images that resemble fractal or islamic art but are actually digitally manipulated photographs. Art plays with notions of specifics versus ambiguity here in Hazem Mahdy's second solo show.
Until June 10. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).

Charbel-joseph H Boutros: I Guess That Dreams are Always There
This Lebanese artist's latest works in this exhibition focus on the idea that something is here, yet inaccessible and missing.
Until June 30. Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (054 379 0764).

Big Maggie
This explosive new show challenges the parocial norms in Ireland as well as turning the idea of the loving Irish matriarch on its head. The powerful play is a compelling portrait of a woman who is determined to take control of her life after the death of her husband.
Dhs80. Daily 7.30pm, Friday 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Until June 7. Ductac, Mall of The Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

Thursday 5

Whispers of Love: Ramin Shirdel
Tehran-based artist Ramin Shirdel's solo exhibition will feature ten large scale paintings created using a layering process of up to 1,500 images to create a larger piece. The completed works contain elements of calligraphy.
Until June 5. Ayyam Gallery, DIFC (04 323 6242).

The Resurrection: Jaber Al Mazeh
Syrian photographer, Al Mazeh's third solo show in Dubai is a collection of 50 portraits of Syrians in a land scarred by conflict. The artists's focus on the revolution documents the social landscape of the country.
Until June 26. Green Art Gallery, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).

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 all feature.
Until August 28. Gallery Ward, Al Quoz (04 388 3204).

Friday 6

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

Saturday 7

Babades with Chantilly
Greek language theatre might be something of a niche event in Dubai but anybody who speaks the language is strongly recommended to check out this performance by the Thespis Greek Theatre Group. The comedy centres around the greed of a group of characters in provincial Greece.
From Dhs100. 4.30pm and 8pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

Sunday June 8

Bilqis: Kamal Boullata
Allow your perception of spatial ambiguity and transparency to be challenged by this collection of 15 large artworks. Inspired by Quranic stories about the Queen of Sheba the paintings are free-flowing geomteric constructions and well worth a look.
Until July 31. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).

Monday 9

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. The material appears stark at first but closer inspection shows more of the personality of the individual.
Until July 28. Gallery IVDE, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).

Tuesday 10

Group Show 2014
Solo artists and friends Rokni Haerizadeh, Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian return for an collaboration the gallery describes as 'real, human and approachable'.
Until August 25. Gallery IVDE, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).

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