Our picks of the week
1 Moment of Inertia at Galerie Nationale
See Wed 5.
2 Swarming at Carbon 12
See Thu 6.
3 The Other Sky at JAMM
See Mon 10.
4 Dubai Skyline at Showcase Gallery
See Sat 8.
5 Magic of Persia at The Mine
See Fri 7.
Moment of Inertia
Arnaud Rivieren transforms stainless steel beams and heavy machinery into forms that defy their material rigidity and industrial origins. Using cast-off material sourced from Jebel Ali, Rivieren’s sculptures are created in a ‘moment of inertia’ – he heats steel until it begins to bend under its own weight, thereby creating smooth, circular beams without a beginning or an end, and free-balancing curves.
Until January 4. La Galerie Nationale, Unit 27, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 4652).
Memory and ideological symbols are remixed with a very direct, physical syntax in Sara Rahbar’s third solo show in Dubai, ‘Swarming’. She deconstructs her personal history and the 21st century human condition. The materials collected or found and the body parts cast reverberate against the walls in protest.
Until January 8. Carbon 12. Unit 37, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
Magic of Persia
This collaboration will see a group exhibition of more than 20 brilliant emerging Iranian artists from the MOP Foundation Art Fund. It has, in a short period of time, become the leading art prize exclusively focused on Iranian artists living in or outside of Iran, which has brought to light artists including Mahmoud Bakhshi and Shirin Fakhim. The Foundation provides a platform and infrastructure for these practitioners to showcase their vision and create bridges of communication between Persian culture and the world at large.
Until November 24. The Mine, Warehouse 38, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 379 1704).
Following the success of their last exhibition at Showcase Gallery, the artists of Mawaheb from Beautiful People are back with another collection entitled ‘Dubai Skyline’. Mawaheb is the Arabic word for talented and is an art studio for adults with special needs aged 16 and above. Eighteen artworks will be displayed as part of this exhibition, each one capturing a different element of the skyline. Aerial views, cloud formations and building structures are some of the scenes you can expect to see, as well as a few depictions of the vibrant events and people that inhabit Dubai.
Until December 2. Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).
Steve Sabella’s ‘Independence’ is a body of photographic works realised last year. Sabella was born in Palestine and in his work he often considers the plight and struggle of Palestinian people in their fight for independence. We see a departure from collage, a prolific method in his past works, and the introduction of figures for the first time in some years. These figures hang in darkness, perhaps in outer space or the deep sea – yet in no place or time – seemingly peaceful but unsettled.
Until December 6. Meem Gallery, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
The Other Sky
The group exhibition of Arab and Iranian artists across different generations expresses a preoccupation with the politics of movement and an engagement with the aesthetics of globalisation. Movement across places, the oldest of human liberties, has been reframed in the modern era and the artists use flight as a metaphor.
Until December 4. JAMM art gallery, Warehouse 11, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 328 5169).
25 Squared: Group Exhibition
The Majlis Gallery, the first fine art gallery in the UAE, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with this installation, which will feature work from more than 40 artists whom they represent. All the images measure 25cm by 25cm. The gallery’s vision is to bring artists of international repute to Dubai and support them in their visual exploration and interpretation of the Middle East.
Until November 30. The Majlis Gallery, Al Musalla Roundabout, Al Fahidi Neighbourhood (04 353 6233).