Art events in Dubai this week

The arty events and cultural activities in Dubai this week

Our picks of the week

1 Perceptions of Dubai at Sofitel JBR
See Wed 4.

2 Piya Behrupia at Ductac
See Sat 7.

3 Ilat at Showcase Gallery
See Thu 5.

4 Swiss Days Dubai at Madinat Theatre
See Fri 6.

5 Out, then at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery
See Tue 10.

Wednesday 4

Perceptions of Dubai by DXB3
Presenting a photographer and writer’s encounter with the human element of Dubai, the exhibition captures people from all walks of life who come from many different cultural and social backgrounds. The exhibition shines a light on moments shared by different cultures that cross paths in Dubai in different neighbourhoods, depicting local street life with a human element.
Until February 28. Sofitel, The Walk JBR,

Thursday 5

A moving, intimate and inspiring exhibition, ‘Ilat’ explores spiritual life by venturing into the imagination of the African peoples. Born in Manama, Bahrain, internationally acclaimed artist Hesham Malik presents his African journey through the medium of 25 artworks.
Until February 28. Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).

Friday 6

Swiss Days Dubai
See a performance with two young Swiss artists. In their creation ‘Nischenprojekt’, E1NZ transport us on a spectacular voyage to an eccentric world where everyday objects are imaginatively manipulated. ‘Nischenprojekt’, loosely translated as niche project, is a nonverbal creative mix of circus, dance, theatre and music.
Dhs50. 8.30pm. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah (04 395 8782).

Saturday 7

Piya Behrupiya
With a clever and comic translation that borders on an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, but transposed to India with its bright hues and kitschy landscapes, tragedy struck heroines Olivia and Viola discover love in quiet, poetic moments. The play also places itself in that in-between space that is surrounded by the rural and the urban, that sits between contemporary and folk theatre. The play uses songs and melodies that are part of the oral narrative of rural India – from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and the Punjab, and combines traditional Indian music and dance with those created by the performers themselves. The result is a clever interpretation of The Bard’s tale.
Dhs150-350. 7pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

Sunday 8

Prix Pictet – Consumption
The Prix Pictet is a globally recognised award in photography that is also coupled with sustainability. The award show is in its tenth year and this time around will follow a theme of consumption, which aims to encourage debate and discussions on pressing issues regarding the environment and the challenges to be sustainable that the world faces today.
Until February 16. East Wing, Limestone House, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (050 553 3879).

Monday 9

Unreasonable! Objects of desire: group show
The international designers’ group exhibition focuses on furniture design and features the works of top artists including Tom Price, Luca Vinciguerra, Aldo Cibic, Jens Praet, Michael Wolfson and Tejo Remy. The exhibition showcases each artist’s latest, most emblematic items created.
Until March 1. La Galerie Nationale, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, (04 380 4652).

Tuesday 10

Out, then
Camille Zakharia was born in Lebanon in 1962 and left during the Civil War in 1985. Since then, the artist has spent time living in the US, Greece, Turkey and Canada before he moved to Bahrain in 1999. Zakharia uses his camera to document the journey he has taken since his departure from his native Lebanon. Through photographic montage, collage and through print Zakharia both reveals and reconstructs his encounters with people and with places, as well as with exteriors and interiors.
Until March 3. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, DIFC (04 425 0400).

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