Sacred Animal, Forgive Me
This exhibition, comprising a series of ten painted cow skulls, explores the treatment of livestock in mass food production – particularly the treatment of cattle. In this body of work, the artist, Helen Teede, attempts to make an apology to animals that die in the production of meat for consumption.
Until April 30. Showcase Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0950).
Dia Azzawi: Something Different: Sculpture and Tapestry
This solo exhibition is dedicated to the sculpture and tapestries of Iraqi modern art pioneer, Dia Azzawi. Drawing on the visual culture of Mesopotamia, Arabic literature, poetry and contemporary political issues, Azzawi’s use of various media – painting, drawing, sculpture and tapestry – can be linked thematically.
Until April 30. Meem Gallery, Al Quoz (04 347 7883).
I am who I am
The latest exhibition by Mawaheb – Dubai’s only art studio for adults with special needs – explores issues of identity and representation and is inspired by contemporary New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The Mawaheb artists researched Basquiat’s work, including his collaborations with Andy Warhol and Madonna, to produce their pieces.
Until May 2. Art Couture, Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 601 0101).
Driven by Storms (Ali’s Boat)
The solo exhibition of one of Iraq’s most prominent artists, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji, addresses the vulnerability of human existence and speaks of loss, exile, fragmentation and displacement. Curated by Nat Muller, the show premiers an exciting new body of work that the artist has grouped around the theme ‘Ali’s Boat’, based on a drawing that his young nephew, Ali, gave him on a family visit to Baghdad in 2009. The exhibition includes a series of large-scale paintings, charcoal drawings, sketches and stop motion video animation in which the artist blends his distinct aesthetic with that of his young nephew and of his own children.
Until April 30. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).
The solo exhibition of Iranian artist Afshin Pirhashemi displays his evident fascination with women and their struggles in hostile environments. News, film, and women, among other subjects, ignited a shifting outlook on the world, which Pirhashemi has translated into photorealistic portraits laying on minimalist backgrounds.
Until April 30. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).
Anahita Razmi is a contemporary multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Berlin. Her body of work focuses on issues of identity and gender and include national and cultural references.
Until May 10. Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).
Modern Entanglement: Alessandro Balteo Yazbeck
The exhibition coincides with Art Dubai’s Marker section, which focuses on Latin American art this year. Balteo Yazbeck’s mixed media installations explore the effects of cultural diplomacy and government propaganda strategies.
Until May 5. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).