Five fab art exhibitions to see in Dubai

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Five fab art exhibitions to see in Dubai
Amar Kanwar

Looking for a cool culture fix? We’ve rounded up five of the most exciting exhibitions on show now, so you can embrace a bit of culture and consider some new perspectives.

1 1X1 Art Gallery
Karachi-based visual artist Muzzumil Ruheel is showcasing his latest solo work, Confessions of the Wait, at Alserkal Avenue’s 1X1 Art Gallery. Ruheel’s works are often fictional in nature and vary in media depending on the project and his latest presentation is a collection of confessed thoughts and feelings during the period of waiting, hence the name.
Free. Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Ongoing until Fri Feb 28. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.1x1artgallery.com.



2 Ayyam Gallery

Head to Ayyam Gallery in Alserkal Avenue for Nothing is Certain, Everything is Melting, and that’s Okay, a solo exhibition featuring British-Iraqi artist Athier Mousawi’s latest body of work. The unique collection explores the shifting state between order and disorder. Departing from his trademark geometric forms and bold colours, Mousawi’s new pieces include one-, two- and three-dimensional figures.
Free. Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Ongoing until Sat Mar 14. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.ayyamgallery.com.

3 Ishara Art Foundation
Renowned Indian artist Amar Kanwar is now exhibiting his latest work, Such a Morning – a video installation about modern existence that features a well-off math professor who gives everything up to live in a train car – at Ishara Art Foundation in Alserkal Avenue. Exploring concepts including politics, power, violence, and justice, through poetic films and comprehensive multimedia works, the thought-provoking and critically important work will be on display until Wednesday May 20.
Free. Sat-Thu 10am-7pm. Ongoing until Wed May 20. Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.ishara.org.

4 Sharjah Fringe
The Edinburgh Fringe is the world’s biggest arts festival, with hundreds of thousands of people flocking to the Scottish city every August. And now Sharjah is hosting its own version of the event until Saturday February 1. There are more than 600 shows going on across the emirate and the key areas for the Sharjah Fringe are the Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Qasba and Al Noor Island, where you’ll find plenty of performers.
Free. Ongoing until Sat Feb 1, locations and timings vary. Sharjah, www.sharjahfringe.com.

5 Quoz Arts Fest
Quoz Arts Fest is returning to Alserkal Avenue this weekend for its eight edition. The cool cultural festival, which is the biggest in the region, will be taking place on Friday January 24 and Saturday January 25 and best of all, you can go and check out the arts and culture extravaganza for free. Taking place across the creative and industrial areas of Alserkal Avenue and the surrounding neighbourhood, Al Quoz, you can look forward to art exhibitions, live music, contemporary dance shows, food trucks, outdoor art installations, film screenings, educational seminars and loads more. It’s ideal if you have  arty visitors in town, too.
Free. Fri Jan 24-Sat Jan 25, timings vary. Al Quoz, www.alserkalavenue.ae.

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