13 art galleries to visit this week

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

Wednesday 22

Here Comes The Sun Film Screening
Utomlyonnye Solntsem (Burnt by The Sun) depicts the story of a senior army officer and his family during the Great Purge of the late 1930s in the Soviet Union.
7pm. Until July 24. A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz (050 556 9797).

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

Thursday 23

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 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).

Friday 24

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).

Saturday 25

Mzungu, The Aimless Wanderer
The second UAE solo exhibition of Beirut-born photographer Christian Ghammachi features 25 new pieces 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 26

Calligraphy Whispers Art Exhibition
The exhibition features classical and modern-style Arabic calligraphy by Salah Shaheen, a digital calligrapher and an Islamic geometry artist. The show highlights the important role of integrating this art form – part of Arabian heritage and culture – with modern artistic expressions.
Until September 15. Z Gallery, Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road (04 323 0333).

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.
Until July 30. Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6242).

Monday 27

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 Gallery, Al Joud Centre, Al Quoz (052 607 6878).

Tuesday 28

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).

Cold Iron Art
Zimbabwean artist and farrier Chris Nurse turns old horseshoes into life-size sculptures in his latest exhibition.
Until August 18. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8555).

Infinite Plane
Irish artist Damien Flood focuses on a two-week research trip the artist took to Dubai, Sharjah and Oman’s coast, documented through drawing, photography and text.
Until July 31. Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0764).

Seeds from the Desert Sand
Oman-based German artists Gazmend Kalemi and Miriam Humer explore connective ideas of spring, growth and renewal.
Until September 30. XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi Neighborhood, Bur Dubai (04 353 5383).

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