7 best art events in Dubai this week

Musical theatre, photography, rare prints, painting and more

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Our picks of the week

1 Mamma Mia! at DWTC
See Fri 9.

2 In the Water at XVA Gallery
See Sun 11.

3 Systems for a Score at Tashkeel
See Thu 8.

4 Foam Talent at East Wing
See Sat 10.

5 Fish and Moon at JAMM
See Wed 7.

Wednesday 7

Fish and Moon
Parvaneh Etemadi’s exhibition focuses on a limited edition artist book, a collection of ten original intaglio prints. The work is inspired by Attar of Nishapur’s poem ‘The Conference of the Birds’, which highlights the alienation of man from humanity.
Until January 15. JAMM Art, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 328 5169).

Thursday 8

Systems for a Score
For their first solo exhibition in the region duo Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver use sound as a lens through which to refract ideas about the medium and its place in our awareness. During their residency at Tashkeel, Bradley and Weaver set out to examine the language of audio art, adhering to the precept that hearing is ‘another form of seeing’ while exploring the status quo in which works of art only have meaning when connected with imagery. The resulting series of installations and sculptural works collectively experiment with differing patterns and technologies of sound production within varying boundaries and domains.
Until February 14. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).

Friday 9

Mamma Mia! the musical live
The musical combines the magic of Abba’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of love, family and friendship on a Greek island. It has been seen by more than 54 million people in 14 different languages.
From Dhs195-1,295. Times vary. Until January 10. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road. www.yakevents.com (04 453 4445).

Saturday 10

Foam Talent 2014
Foam, the Amsterdam-based photography organisation, will present a selection from its annual Talent Call, one of the photographic industry’s most prestigious vehicles for scouting young photographers. An exclusive masterclass accompanies the exhibition and will provide a rare opportunity for 12 snappers to gain insight and experience from three successful professionals working within the field.
Until January 25. East Wing, Limestone House 12, DIFC (050 553 3879).

Sunday 11

In The Water
The joint exhibition of Korean artist UnKyung Hur and Shinji Ogawa from Japan explores the idea of humanity, life and creation. Both utilise traditional techniques that require skill and patience, and although symmetry plays an important role in each artist’s work, the materials used
are vastly different and the finished products are complementary in their contrasting detail.
Until January 29. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi District, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).

Monday 12

The Shining Path
Zsolt Bodoni’s large-scale paintings draw his subject matter from what he calls ‘this melting pot of trash which forged Eastern and Western Europe’s history and culture’. Drawing from various historical archives including literature, art history and music, Bodoni’s paintings peel back layers of history, inspired by various historical documents.
Until February 26. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).

Tuesday 13

Out Of Season
Gil Heitor Cortesão’s new paintings maintain the aqueous dimensions and his signature corrosion of subject and image in his past works, but the decay goes deeper this season. Cortesão’s figures were once wraiths in the background that now stand boldly in their corporal domination of each scene. They are the vision of decay and the subject of undulating plains of existence. Like water, the figures endlessly move within their form, never fully contained or still.
Until March 8. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).

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