Best art events in Dubai this week

Movie screenings, art sales and more exhibitions to see this week

Wednesday 15

Sunset Boulevard at ‘Here Comes The Sun’ film screenings
As part of the summer series, this week’s movie is a 1950s classic. It tells the story of a screenwriter who writes a screenplay for a former silent film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.
9pm. Until July 16. A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (050 556 9797).

Thursday 16

Summer Sale Exhibition
Ranging from sculpture and photography to works on canvas and paper, the summer sale exhibition showcases a selection of contemporary pieces by emerging Middle Eastern artists.
Until July 18. The Mine, Street 8A, Al Quoz (04 379 1704).

Friday 17

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).

Made in Tashkeel
The annual summer exhibition features works by UAE-based artists, covering traditional and contemporary techniques including hand-made jewellery, bespoke furniture, and digital and screen prints.
Until August 20. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).

RGB Community Exhibition
Regional artists join together to celebrate colour images with works that encompass the mediums of abstract, landscapes, portraits, still life and street photography.
Until July 25. Gulf Photo Plus, Warehouse D36, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 8545).

Saturday 18

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, captured during the artist’s solo motorbike journey across Africa last year.
Until July 29. La Galerie Nationale, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 4652).

Sunday 19

The World is but a Moment
Photographer Peter Sanders’ new collection ‘The World is but a Moment’ is on show at Raffles Salon, located on the lobby level of Raffles Dubai, in partnership with The Empty Quarter Gallery and Habibi Communications. The exhibition comprises ten large-scale original pieces of Sanders’ most refined images taken over the last 30 years.
Until September 15. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).

Transcendental Strokes
Iranian calligraphy artist Mohammad Bozorgi debuts 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).

Monday 20

Double Truth Casablanca-based artist
Zoulikha Bouabdellah takes over Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynd with works on paper, installations, 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, examining the juxtaposition of the newly built landscape with historical areas. The works tow a line between abstract and figurative.
Until July 31. Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0764).

Tuesday 21

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 artist 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).

Metamorphosis
Vahid Jafarnejad's paintings are both horrific and comic. In his works, horror and the grotesque pervade the human face. The concept of identity is at the heart of his paintings; whether it is the search for his own; or questioning those that have shaped his life.
Until August 28. Mottahedan Projects, Al Joud Centre, Al Quoz (052 607 6878).

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