Our picks of the week
1 Emotional art at Showcase Gallery
See Mon 11.
2 Flight to Enlightenment at Z Gallery
See Tue 12.
3 Recent Works at Art Sawa
See Fri 8.
4 Summer show at Carbon 12
See Wed 6.
5 Solo exhibition at Salsali Private Museum
See Thu 7.
Closer Encounters – Summer Accrochage
This exhibition will feature artworks seen at this Al Quoz gallery during individual shows earlier in the season. Selected works span across photography, painting, sculpture and video art as well as past non-exhibited pieces. Many of the artworks had a limited run the first time round, so this is a rare opportunity to glimpse lesser-seen art.
Until August 8. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue (04 340 6016).
Amir Hossein Zanjani
In his latest solo exhibition, the Iranian artist's work revolves around the idea of submitting to power. His canvasses feature representations of human conflict and a specially-commissioned installation work featuring the faces of soldiers from all over the world.
Until August 17. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 9600).
Recent Works 2013-2014: Zena Assi
Contemporary work on canvas by Lebanese artist Zena Assi. Hailing from Beirut, Assi's work draws inspiration from the relations and conflicts between the individual and the environment, society and surroundings. Through various mediums of installation, animation, sculpture and paintings, the artist explores the cultural and social changes of her country.
Until August 21. Art Sawa, DIFC (04 386 2366).
Butterflies in my Stomach: group show
Three female artists demonstrate their individual skill at this summer-long show. All works use paper as the medium. Debjani Bhardwaj creates paper cut-outs illustrating dream-like scenes, drawing references from children's literature, film, contemporary culture and Hindu mythology. Saba Masoumian's delicate works are created on dyed paper and Barbara Wildenboer's constructions use maps and photography to explore the impact of humankind on the natural world.
Until September 1. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).
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 artists from Egypt. The artists, subjects, media and style featured in the exhibition are extremely diverse but they are all linked in identifying Egyptian aesthetic. 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).
Scripts of Our Unspoken Words
‘Scripts of Our Unspoken Words’ is an exhibition in which three African artists come together, expressing the power and implications of abstract writing. Through disordered scribblings on paper and canvas, whether as the main subject or completing their compositions, artists explore the relation between painting and language. The paintings of Zimbabwean artist Alison Coulthurst are complete with lines of words inspired by dreams, songs and positive emotions.
Until September 13. Showcase Gallery, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
Flight to Enlightenment
Spinning towards enlightenment, Khusro Subzwari's whirling dervishes represent a mystical journey inspired by Rumi’s poetry on love and spirituality. ‘Sema’, which represents a spiritual journey, where the seeker turns toward truth, awakened his spiritual side. Since then his work has been more focused on creation, nature and the invisible spiritual world, owing also to his desire to spread awareness of things beyond the earth. Besides various solo and group exhibitions in Pakistan, Subzwari has participated in numerous international exhibitions in Istanbul, London and in the UAE.
Until September 30, Z Gallery, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed (04 323 0333).
Limited Edition Prints
‘The Water Study Series 1 and 2’ features brightly coloured digital collages by Jordanian-British artist Julia Ibbini and is currently on display at BeStro.
Ongoing. Capsule Arts, BeStro, Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall (04 3881799).