Best art exhibitions in Dubai this week

Arabic calligraphy, Iranian photography, African images and more cultural activities

Wednesday 1

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).

The History and Art of Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition
In honour of the 14th Dubai Ramadan Forum, the exhibition focuses on four themes: ‘History of Arabic Calligraphy through the Ages’, ‘Authentic Calligraphy’, ‘Modern Calligraphy’ and ‘Sculpture of Letters’. The event will feature a total of 70 works from calligraphers, five sculptural pieces and screens showing documentary films.
Until July 6. 10am-1am. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (800 38224 6255).

Thursday 2

Blank Pages of an Iranian Photo Album
This photography exhibition features recent works by Iranian artist Newsha Tavakolian, winner of the 5th Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. The self-taught photographer has covered the war in Iraq, regional conflicts, natural disasters and has made social documentaries. The works reveal the artist’s family photo album, which showcases life in Iran for her generation.
Until September 3. East Wing, 12 Limestone House, DIFC (050 553 3879).

Friday 3

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).

Saturday 4

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).

Sunday 5

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).

Monday 6

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).

Tuesday 7

Double Truth
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, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 5052).

Infinite Plane
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).

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