Our picks of the week
1 The Reflective Collective at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Garhoud
See Mon 1.
2 Shadow Art at Pullman Dubai
See Tue 2.
3 Ramadan in Yemen at East Wing
See Sat 30.
4 The art of words at Showcase Gallery
See Fri 29.
5 Flight to Enlightenment at Z Gallery
See Sun 31.
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).
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).
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 and songs.
Until September 13. Showcase Gallery, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
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, Britain, France and Japan. A must-see for photography enthusiasts.
Until September 10. East Wing, Limestone House 12, DIFC (050 553 3879).
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. Subzwari has participated in numerous international exhibitions in Istanbul and London.
Until September 30. Z Gallery, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed (04 323 0333).
Monday September 1
The Reflective Collective Showcase
A total of 14 original works will be showcased from artist Jim Wheat’s 28 collections, including pieces from the ‘Dubai Dollar Project’. The powerful combination of both collections enables the artist and the public to reflect on a whirlwind journey built on the influence of the dollar – a prevailing motif in all of his work.
Until October 31. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8555).
Shadow Art Exhibition
The exhibition showcases the work of Jordanian artists Bassam Al Selawi and Maysoon Masalha, through sculpture, calligraphy and shadows. Shadow art is created by the projection of a spotlight on a three dimensional Arabic calligraphy (verses from the Qur’an). Through modern sculpture techniques, the pieces create shadows of singular figures, reflecting the meaning of the phrase or word in the sculpture.
Until September 15. Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre (04 294 1222).