Our picks of the week
1 Ramadan in Yemen at East Wing
See Tue 19.
2 Flight to Enlightenment at Z Gallery
See Mon 18.
3 Iranian art at Salsali Private Museum
See Wed 13.
4 The art of words at Showcase Gallery
See Sun 17.
5 Butterflies in my Stomachat XVA Gallery
See Fri 15.
Amir Hossein Zanjani
In his latest solo exhibition, the Iranian artist's work revolves around the philosophical and social idea of submission to power. His canvasses feature representations of human conflict and the desire to submit and conquer. The show also presents a specially-commissioned installation consisting of 700 pieces depicting 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 his 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 relationship 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
Whirling 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).
Ramadan in Yemen: Max Pam
'Ramadan in Yemen' documents the travels of photographer Max Pam though Yemen in the late 1990s. Working exclusively in black and white and utilising a square format, Pam translated his exploration and experiences into a series of images and diary entries, reflecting his distinctive style: a layering of words and images. Pam’s works have been published in leading international journals and are included in major public and private collections in Australia, Great Britain, France and Japan. A must-see for photography enthusiasts.
Until September 10. East Wing, Limestone House 12, DIFC (050 553 3879).