8 art events in Dubai this week

Dollarsandart, Annie The Musical, macho art and more

Wednesday 15

2015 Dubai $ project launch
Up-and-coming art brand, Jim Wheats’ Dollarsandart, launches new collection ‘Heroe$ & Villain$’ over two days at DIFC’s RIRA Gallery. Following the two-day initial showcase, works will be exhibited at locations across Dubai until Monday June 1.
Until April 16. RIRA Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 369 9339).

The exhibition features artists whose disciplines incorporate camera, satellite and drone photography to question corporate and state surveillance as well as energy production. Fueled by curiosity, anger and humour, these artists explore wide-ranging methods and the effects of surveillance, remixing their findings as commentary. At the centre of these tensions and anxieties they discuss issues of convenience and privacy, freedom and security.
Until April 30. East Wing Gallery Limestone House 12, DIFC (050 553 3879).

Thursday 16

7 Princesses
This exhibition is the first collaborative body of work between The Empty Quarter and Steve McCurry, photographed within the seven emirates of the UAE. In a career that spans more than 30 years, McCurry’s work covers conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture.
Until April 16. The Empty Quarter, Gate Village Building 2, DIFC (04 323 1210).

Friday 17

Annie the Musical
This is the story of a boisterous, but lonely 11-year-old orphan, Annie, and her adventures in the depression-hit 1930s New York City. Annie runs away from the scheming Miss Hannigan, the orphanage manager, into the arms of the famous billionaire Oliver Warbucks.
Dhs200-250. Times vary. Until April 17. Madinat Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6546).

Saturday 18

The Act of Gordafarid – The Female Warrior
This exhibition is a set of paper and cardboard sculptures by creator Yasmin Sinai, who mixes her dramatic flair for sculpting with art to create a series of unique installations. Following the mythical story of Gordafarid, the only female warrior in Persian poet Ferdowsi’s The Book of Kings, Yasmin attempts to modernise Gordafarid by making her not only a warrior but a mother and partner fighting for her rights while defending her father’s castle.
Until April 20. The Courtyard Gallery, Al Quoz (04 3479090).

Sunday 19

ZERO: Infinite Possibilities
This group exhibition explores aspects of minimalism and conceptual art, encompassing a diverse range of mediums including sculpture, mapping, installation, painting, mixed media on paper and light works.
Until May 16. The Farjam Foundation, Gate Village Building 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).

Monday 20

Fahrenheit311: Seven Legends of Machismo
This exhibition brings together eight art works that demonstrate preoccupations with the modern myths of macho culture and masculinity. ‘Fahrenheit311’ refers to the melting point of the hormone testosterone – associated with ‘manly’ characteristics and behavioural patterns. These manifest themselves in the show through themes such as war and heroism, the exploitation of the environment, elitism, pride and ignorance.
Until May 14. Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

Tuesday 21

Chaos: Halim Al Karim
This exhibition is a multimedia installation that includes sculpture, video, photography, LED light panels and more. The installation presents Halim Al Karim’s point of view on the disorder and madness surrounding our lives through love and war, and the ‘hidden agendas’ of super powers – and their role in this turmoil. The installation will be presented outdoors – the idea being to allow the viewer time to confront their own chaos on a conscious level.
Until May 14. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).

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