This week’s top art exhibitions

The best new and ongoing art shows and events in Dubai

Our picks of the week

1 Darkened Cities at East Wing
See Fri 24.

2 Diaspora at Art Sawa
See Mon 27.

3 39at Ayyam Gallery
See Sat 25.

4 Boundless Momentary at The Mine
See Thu 23.

5 Arabian Art Spirit at Noon Art Hotel
See Sun 26.

Wednesday 22

GPP Slidefest
This event hosted by Gulf Photo Plus features seven selected photographers who take to the stage to share unique, personal photography projects that run the gamut of genres including landscape and portrait, travel and fine art. The event was created as a platform for photographers to share their work with the community, allowing for open discourse through the question and answer session after each presentation. The audience is given the opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow creative enthusiasts before and after the event.
Free. 7pm. Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium, Block 1, Dubai Knowledge Village (04 380 8545).

Thursday 23

Boundless Momentary
Bahareh Navabi’s solo exhibition at The Mine will explore self-reflection. Her work, although figurative at first glance, is the result of an abstract process that the artist describes as an unconscious reflection of her mind.
Until November 1. The Mine, Street 8, Warehouse 38, Al Quoz (04 379 1704).

Friday 24

Darkened Cities
Photographer Thierry Cohen imagines world cities without lights. His dazzling photographs are rich not only in implication and sheer visual appeal, but also in technical ingenuity.
Until November 20. East Wing Gallery, Limestone House, DIFC (050 553 3879).

Saturday 25

39
The exhibition is the first suggestive retrospective of multidisciplinary artist Faisal Samra. A Bahrain-born Saudi national, Samra is recognised as a pioneer of conceptual art in the Gulf and as a leading contemporary artist in the Middle East. Featuring a variety of media, the exhibition will highlight the many formal investigations that have distinguished his near four-decade-long career while also underlining his ongoing investigation of the figure through existential themes.
Until January 10 2015. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6242).

Sunday 26

Arabian Art Spirit
The two-week exhibition will take place at Noon Art Boutique Hotel Apartments, the city’s first completely art-inspired hotel and gallery that opened in February this year. Guests are invited to admire a showcase of beautiful artworks from more than 25 local and regional artists from Dubai’s International House collection. Noon Hotel’s art gallery, located on the first floor, will feature pieces from award-winning artists including Ismail Fatah Al Turk, Fateh Al Moudarres, Paul Guiragossian and Dr Khalid Al Jader.
Until October 29. Noon Art Boutique Hotel Apartments, Al Barsha 1 (04 347 7676).

Monday 27

Diaspora
Sara Shamma was born in Damascus, Syria in 1975. Her latest work, ‘Diaspora’, is about her feelings and mixed thoughts on the critical situation in her homeland. The 12 paintings are about the diaspora of people, not just Syrians. They are about any men, women and children who have been obliged to leave their homeland and tried to establish a life elsewhere. They carry the fragments of their lives with them, the memories of peace, and they chase one big dream, and the dream of new peace. Sara has been the recipient of various art awards including the Fourth prize in painting and Special Mention, Florence Biennial, Florence, Italy 2013.
Until November 30. Art Sawa, Gate Village, Building 8, DIFC (04 386 2366).

Tuesday 28

Act and Application
The group exhibition brings together six contemporary artists from around the world: Ra di Martino, littlewhitehead, Arthur Prior, David Rickard, Darren Harvey-Regan and Setareh Shahbazi. Curated by London-based William Lunn, this exhibition offers a selection from the breadth of diverse outcomes that result from each artist’s use of photography within a broader multimedia practice.
Until October 29. Lawrie Shabibi Gallery, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9906).

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