Our picks of the week
1 Short + Sweet at Ductac
See Fri 13.
2 New Pictorialism at JAMM Art Gallery
See Sat 14.
3 Agony and Recreation at Meem Gallery
See Wed 11.
4 Huna Al Emarat at Ductac
See Thu 12.
5 Out, then at Cuadro Fine Art Gallery
See Tue 17.
Agony and Recreation
The solo exhibition of Iraqi artist Faisel Laibi Sahi spans 50 years and demonstrates the artist’s continuing commitment to the ancient, traditional, modern and contemporary culture of Iraq. His vividly coloured paintings of individuals and groups display harmonious scenes of leisure, as demonstrated in his Coffee House series and portraits of fruit, textiles, shoe shine and laundry vendors.
Until March 3. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
Huna Al Emarat
The group exhibition will feature works across a range of media – including paintings, photography, sculpture and video – by a diverse collective of artists and designers. The exhibition will take the form of a collective memoir reflecting the past decade in the UAE and the evolution of the country during this period.
Until February 16. Gallery of Light, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).
Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival
Short+Sweet brings together all of Dubai’s top community theatre groups including Backstage, Dubai Drama Group, Theatrics, Loom Ensemble, Third Half Theatre and the American School of Dubai. See more than 250 of the emirate’s most exciting amateur and professional actors, writers, directors and independent community theatre companies present ten different plays on the night. The festival will include something for everyone – comedy, drama, romance and thrillers – and all in just ten-minute plays.
Dhs100. 7.30pm. Until February 28. Kilachand Studio, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).
The presentation of photographs by Ali Azarmi, Danielle Rizkallah and Vivian van Blerk pays homage to pictorialism and to the origins of photography whereby the precise objective reality promised by the photograph has to co-exist with the subjective perceptions of the human holding the camera. Artist Vivian van Blerk exploits the intrinsic material qualities of photographs by printing on sheets of glass using traditional photographic chemistry such as silver emulsion.
Until March 5. Street 8, Warehouse 11, Al Quoz 1 (04 328 5169).
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 people of different cultures who cross paths in the city’s many different neighbourhoods, depicting local street life with a human element.
Until February 28. Sofitel, The Walk JBR, www.dxb3.ae.
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, www.galerie-nationale.com (04 380 4652).
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 moving to Bahrain in 1999. Zakharia uses his camera to document the journey he has taken since his departure from Lebanon. Through photographic montage, collage and print, Zakharia reveals his encounters with people and with places.
Until March 3. Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, DIFC (04 425 0400).