11 art & culture events in Dubai this week

Disney on Ice in Dubai, The Beauty of Imperfection and more June 10-16

Wednesday 10

Disney on Ice presents Princesses & Heroes
This family show is told through artistic skating and acrobatics. Watch the wishes come true for eight of Disney’s Princesses: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White.
Dhs150-2,000. 7.30pm. Until June 13. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.virginmegastore.ae.

The Beauty of Imperfection
Photographer Jo Kearney has lived in the UAE for four years and has made a point of seeking out interesting places to photograph away from the glitz and glamour of Dubai. ‘The Beauty of Imperfection’ captures the abstraction and romance of something familiar to us all; the dhows on Dubai Creek. These wooden trading boats have long been associated with the Arabian Gulf. Peeling paint, old ropes, rusting nails and tide marks all tell a tale of tradition and hard work and make up this solo exhibition.
Until June 20. The Majlis Gallery, Al Musalla Roundabout, Bur Dubai (04 353 6233).

Thursday 11

An Evening with Dr John A. Lent
Meet and interact with a renowned scholar in the field of cartoon and comic arts. Dr John A. Lent is a retired professor from the School of Communication and Theatre, Temple University Philadelphia in the US. The evening will include a presentation by Dr Lent who will share his research on topics including Asian Comic Books: A Contemporary Perspective, and Women Cartoonists: Overview of interviews conducted worldwide.
7pm-9pm. Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz (04 346 6467).

Friday 12

Mzungu, The Aimless Wanderer
The second UAE solo exhibition of Beirut-born photographer Christian Ghammachi features 25 new pieces, the majority of which have not been shown before. These were captured during the artist’s solo motorbike journey across Africa last year from Cape Town to Djibouti.
Until July 29. La Galerie Nationale, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 4652).

Submersion Series 1
Local photographer James Harvey’s exhibition showcases a series of photographs in black and white, shot under and on top of the water featuring surfers, divers and swimmers.
Until June 25. Showcase Gallery, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0940).

Saturday 13

Imaginary Extensions
Didier Naert, a movie set designer and artist from France, explores the potential of vintage photographs. In his first Dubai show, Naert presents his latest works of 1961 shots of ‘Halles de Paris’ and Parisian streets.
Until July 31. Plantation, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 448 4848).

Poetry in Stone
Renowned Jordanian sculptor Mona Saudi’s first exhibition in the UAE, ‘Poetry in Stone’, brings together seven sculptures from the period 2003 to 2012 alongside a series of seven silkscreen prints of drawings made between 1976 and 1980.
Until July 16. Lawrie Shabibi, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 346 9906).

Sunday 14

Damascenes
The solo show by Syrian artist Khaldoun Chichakli is set amid the destruction wrought by the current political situation in Syria. The artist’s drawings and woodcuts offer a poignant look into the Damascus of years gone by. In several drawings we see the ghost of the Victoria Hotel, which was built in downtown Damascus in the late 19th century.
Until June 27. Green Art Gallery, Street 8, Al Quoz (04 346 9305).

Monday 15

Return to Abstraction
The solo show of Asaad Arabi, a contemporary Arab painter and acclaimed art theorist, focuses on lyrical abstraction. Subtle tones emerge out of his urbanist landscapes, translating into an almost audible musicality.
Until June 18. Ayyam Gallery, Gate Village 3, DIFC (04 439 2395).

Tuesday 16

Site/Sight
The paintings by Talar Aghbashian show people caught between deconstruction and reconstruction. Through the choice of her source imagery (stills and web-based images) and her painting technique, she works with the photograph’s original composition and simplifies the characters into obtuse shapes.
Until June 30. Carbon 12. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 340 6016).

Transcendental Strokes
Iranian calligraphy artist Mohammad Bozorgi is recognised for his innovation of traditional forms. He will debut works that reflect new experiments in merging the text-based abstraction of Islamic art with the aesthetic concerns of contemporary painting, using complex repetition.
Until July 30. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

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