7 best art events in Dubai this week

An ideal itinerary – as selected by our editors every week

Our picks of the week

1 IGN Convention at Dubai Marine Club
See Fri 21.

2 Art for Hope at Capital Club
See Sat 22.

3 Inside Zenith at Lawrie Shabibi
See Thu 20.

4 Street at Alserkal Avenue
See Tue 25.

5 Independence at Meem Gallery
See Mon 24.

Wednesday 19

Hidden Consciousness
Renowned Iranian artist Mohammad Ehsai’s latest exhibition presents a series of paintings that explore the abstract formation of words and the viewer’s role in their metaphorical and physical deconstruction. These works are the patterns of the design of carpets that have been created in collaboration with the Hamburg-Tehran based, Iranian carpet designer Hossein Rezvani.
Until January 15, 2015. Salsali Private Museum, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 9600).

Thursday 20

Inside Zenith
Driss Ouadahi’s solo exhibition brings together a selection of new paintings and works on paper. The work that inspired the title of the exhibition is modelled on impressions Ouadahi has built up of Dubai during recent visits. His method of practise involves working from photographs taken during his travels and meshing them with images from his memory to create a collage of different buildings and spaces, constructing a new, fantastical urban structure.
Until November 27. Lawrie Shabibi, Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

Friday 21

IGN Convention
The film, video games, technology, and comics convention will host a number of spectacular activities for enthusiasts as international celebrities mingle with the crowd. Meet the likes of Kristian Nairn who plays Hodor in Game of Thrones, Troy Baker who has voiced characters across a multitude of bestselling console games including Batman, Resident Evil and Final Fantasy XIII to name a few. Popular sci-fi and superhero movies will be screened and fans will also get to interact with regional artists in Q&A sessions.
Until November 22. Mina Seyahi Hall, Dubai International Marine Club, www.ignconvention.com/uae.

Saturday 22

Art For Hope
Aanchal Gulati invites you to the Vandervin Arts exhibition, ‘Art for Hope’, showcasing some of the finest contemporary artists from the Indian subcontinent. Artist on display include Asit Patniak, Nawal Kishore, OM Swami, Mintu Mallick, Swapan Maithy Subrata Das and many more.
Noon-7pm. Capital Club, DIFC (04 364 0111).

Sunday 23

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.
Until November 30. The Majlis Gallery, Al Musalla Roundabout, Al Fahidi Neighbourhood (04 353 6233).

Monday 24

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 and no time – seemingly peaceful but unsettled.
Until December 6. 9am-3pm. Meem Gallery, Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).

Tuesday 25

Street Gulf Photo Plus
(GPP) brings a group exhibition of street photography curated by the internationally renowned Eric Kim. The exhibition is part of a series running at GPP and will also host workshops, seminars and even a film screening. Exhibiting the works of photographers from all corners of the globe, the ‘Street’ collection celebrates the decisive moment; beautiful tableaus that play out before us in public spaces that dot our paths every day. Each photo in the collection is vastly different from the next, capturing a humorous exchange, a curious juxtaposition or a brief balance of visual elements amidst a chaotic overlap of everyday events.
Until January 3. Gulf Photo Plus, Warehouse D36, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

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