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).
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).
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).
Made in Tashkeel
The annual summer exhibition features recent works by UAE-based artists, demonstrating their creativity resulting from workshops and residencies facilitated by and held at Tashkeel. Both traditional and contemporary techniques throughout the different practises, including hand-made jewellery, bespoke furniture, typography, painting, vinyl record to digital and screen prints, will be presented during the three-month exhibition. Sound artists Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver will exhibit a vinyl record, the result of their new media residency at Tashkeel. In collaboration with The Vinyl Factory, the duo recorded experimental music in A Model Studio, a central installation part of their first solo show, ‘Systems for a Score.’
Until August 20. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).
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).
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).
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).
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).
Casablanca-based artist Zoulikha Bouabdellah takes over Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynd 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).
Irish artist Damien Flood’s first show at Grey Noise focuses on a two-week research trip the artist took to Dubai, Sharjah and Oman’s coast. Flood documented his time through drawing, photography and text, in particular examining the juxtaposition of the newly built landscape with the enveloping historical areas. The paintings tow a line between abstract and figurative.
Until July 31. Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0764).