11 art galleries to visit this week

Check out the latest happenings in Al Quoz, DIFC and more

Wednesday 17
Here Comes The Sun Alserkal Avenue and Cinema Akil present 'Here Comes The Sun',
a summer-long film series. The screening shows a film by master Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov. Solntse (The Sun)
depicts Emperor Hirohito, who led Japan during WWII, and his surrender to the U.S. General Douglas MacArthur. 9pm. Until June 19. Cinema Room, A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 556 9797).

LAST CHANCE 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).

Thursday 18
NEW Double Truth Casablanca-based artist Zoulikha Bouabdellah invades the gallery with a wall to wall ornamentation, encompassing works on paper, installation, embroidery and video. Bouabdellah pastes up her own stamped wallpaper, drapes black fabric stitched with gold threads from the gallery walls, and even lays a small path of tassled carpets to welcome the viewer into the space. Until July 25. Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).

The Beauty of Imperfection Photographer Jo Kearney seeks 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).

Friday 19
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).
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).

Saturday 20
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 21
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 22
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).

Tuesday 23
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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