25 July 2024

Echoes of Sierra Leone

Urbanist Art Gallery Box Park, Al Wasl Road, Dubai

A group show by five artists from Sierra Leone – Hawa-Jane Bangura, Hickmatu Leigh, Julius Parker, Felix Rhodes, Zahra Fakih Zato. To 22 June.

Free

Houda Bakkali: Digital Art, Digital Culture

Alliance Française Abu Dhabi Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

An exhibition that aims to demonstrate the power of digital art to break spatial, temporal and generational borders, "creating synergies between different audiences and making art not only timeless, but also universal, close and understandable". It features work by Bakkali [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Rachid Koraïchi: An Ode to Intertwined Histories

Elmarsa Gallery 23 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A solo exhibition with examples of many of the disciplines and media that made up Koraïchi's practice, all "showcasing his abiding fascination with the creation of deeply layered seams within the spiritual, political and intellectual". Koraïchi often speaks of belonging [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Zhivago Duncan: The Rare But Known Phenomenon

Meem Gallery Umm Suqeim Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

It's a pleasure to find an artist who is prepared to expand on their principles, and to do with Zhivago Duncan's level of articulation. "Within this new collection," writes Duncan, "I have endeavoured to distill the complexity of ideas and [ ... ]

LAST CHANCE Omran Younis: Rise of the Cactus

Fann à Porter The Workshop, Villa 45, St. 23b, off Al Wasl Road (opposite Box Park), Jumeirah 2, Dubai

A new body of work in this solo exhibition from Syrian artist Orman Younis offers "a poignant social commentary on his surroundings, the human condition, and current state of political affairs in the region" that "combines ideas of post-Modernism with [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Dima Srouji: Charts for a Resurrection

Lawrie Shabibi Unit 21, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The first-ever solo exhibition for artist, architect and researcher Dima Srouji, whose work acts as a form of political commentary and as a place-making (or un-making) tool – "Interested in the ground, objects, displacement, restitution, forgeries, and living archives, the [ ... ]

Free

Khaled Jarada: Non Key Frame

Fann à Porter The Workshop, Villa 45, St. 23b, off Al Wasl Road (opposite Box Park), Jumeirah 2, Dubai

The title of this exhibition evokes a notion that originates from the world of the moving image. Key frames are those that define a scene in a film; they set its starting as well as ending point, they are typically [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE The Fifth Wife

Firetti Contemporary Unit 29, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

A group show, curated by Mara Firetti, Ali Cha'aban and Celine Azem and featuring Aidha Badr, ARE Studios, Ghaleb Hawila, Jason Seife, Khalid Zahid, Salmah Al-Mansoori and Sawsan Al Bahar. The exhibition explores the mythology of where the oral culture [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Elastic Visions

Efiɛ Gallery 2 Al Khayat Art Avenue, First Al Khail Street, Dubai

A group exhibition curated by Faridah Folawiyo, showcasing artists of African origin across the world and examining how artists from Africa and the diaspora see the restrictive concepts of Eurocentric cultural superiority. The show aims to stretch audiences’ limits and [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Oussama Diab and Wadeei Khaled: A Real Bad Dream

Centro Capital Centre by Rotana Al Khaleej Al Arabi St, Abu Dhabi

Tales of displacement and resilience from the Palestinian-Syrian Dutch artist Oussama Diab and Palestinian Wadeei Khaled. "Viewers are invited to explore the delicate terrain of individual and collective memories, manifested in the rich variety of Diab and Khaled’s artworks." The [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Amir Khojasteh: Living in a Burning House

CARBON 12 Unit 37, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai

"Amidst the unsettled times of an uprising in Iran, grappling with uncertainties, sadness, and paradoxes, artist Amir Khojasteh sought solace in his studio and tried to make sense of what was happening ... In this topsy-turvy world, the artist persisted [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Miramar Al Nayyar: Moving Through the Ether

Tabari Artspace Gate Village Level 2, DIFC, Dubai

A collection of abstract figurative works on canvas, "inviting viewers into a realm of recognition and constant metamorphosis ... Each 190 x 120cm canvas serves as a conduit for Miramar's endeavour to encapsulate the essence of the natural formations of [ ... ]

Free

Art History Evenings: Orientalism in Decorative Arts, Architecture and Fashion

BFAF Culture District, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

BFAF's art history lecture programme continues with art historian and researcher Maryam Jalali, who will explore how Eastern motifs and styles were romanticised in Western design from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Above: Fabio Fabbi, Women Resting on [ ... ]

Free, but pre-register

LAST CHANCE Mr Brainwash

Oblong Contemporary Art Gallery R 29 Bluewaters Boulevard, Bluewaters Island, Dubai

A solo show for the French-born LA-based street artist who started filming graffiti art and subsequently became an artist in his own right after an off-hand suggestion from Banksy. As it happens, many of the 10 works on show here [ ... ]

Free

Mohamed Yousif and Maggie Otieno: Solace in Soil

Efiɛ Gallery 2 Al Khayat Art Avenue, First Al Khail Street, Dubai

A duo exhibition for Emirati artist Mohamed Yousif and Kenyan sculptor Maggie Otieno that "celebrates the grounded connections between the practices of the two artists and the cross-cultural exchange between the Middle East and Africa". Or as curator Shamma Al [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Sheher, Prakriti, Devi

Ishara Art Foundation Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

Riffing on the interwoven relationship between cities, the natural environment and the sacred, this show presents work by 12 artists and collectives working across diverse contexts of urban, rural, domestic, communitarian, public and non-material spaces. In this show are works [ ... ]

Free

Sean McLennan: key of the glass door

Mahaweb Art Studio Goshi Warehouse Village - 14 22nd St, Al Quoz 3, Dubai

A short exhibition of work by the Scottish Mawaheb artist, his first solo show. To 6 June.

Free

Kusay Bader: What Have You Done

Artbooth Centro Capital Center, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi

Solo exhibition that offers "a unique perspective on the beauty of nature and the urgent need for environmental stewardship". To 14 July.

Free

ChefBurger: Journey Through the Arts – From Tokyo to Paris

ME Dubai The Opus by Omniyat, Al Amal Street, Business Bay, Dubai

A collection of digital and painted art from ChefBurger (aka Mano Gonzalez) that "offers a unique opportunity to experience the convergence of diverse cultures through compelling portraits, French masterpieces, and a profound reverence for nature". Included is a new series [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Valdés

Anima Gallery 30 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl Qatar, Doha, Qatar

A solo exhibition of works by Manolo Valdés, the Spanish artist known for his unique approach of drawing from art history to create his paintings, prints, and sculptures in a signature style of pared-down forms and unrefined mark-making. Through meticulous [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE In Real Time

NYUAD Art Gallery Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery is celebrating its ten-year anniversary with a characteristically interesting exhibition. In Real Time is a dynamic show – over the course of three months the curators will be adding artists, and the artists and performers [ ... ]

Free

All That Perishes at the Edge of Land: dir Hira Nabi (2019)

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

Before the Ocean Master met its demise at the Gadani shipbreaking yards in Pakistan, filmmaker and artist Hira Nabi gave it a voice and staged conversations between the vessel and the labourers dismantling it. The stories exchanged between the workers [ ... ]

Free, but pre-register

Curators Talk: Munira Al Sayegh – Exhibitions as Cultural Correctors

NYUAD Art Gallery Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

For the sixth in the new NYUAD Art Gallery Curators Talk series, Munira Al Sayegh will explore the role of a curator as "sociopolitical ambassador". Delving into the various complexities of representing cultures and nations outside their usual contexts, Al [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Reverberations: Textile as Echo

Green Art Gallery Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The second of three exhibitions showcasing contemporary approaches to textile and fibre art curated for Green Art Gallery by Murtaza Vali. It brings together work by four contemporary artists – M’barek Bouhchichi, Sayan Chanda, Himali Singh Soin, and Swapnaa Tamhane [ ... ]

Free

backbone

Carbon 12 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

studio salasil has curated this group show of six artists "who engage in risk and interruption within their practices", structuring the exhibition around the effective concept of the backbone – "a central, internal structure of strength that binds and connects [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Suanjaya Kencut: Re-Charge

Volery Gallery Maze Tower - 5201, Dubai International Financial Center, Dubai

Kencut's first solo show in the Middle East explores personal challenge and transformation, described by the gallery as "a pivotal moment in Kencut's artistic journey— a deliberate pivot from external inspirations to an introspective examination of the struggles that define [ ... ]

Free

An Hoang: Between Days

Volery Gallery Maze Tower - 5201, Dubai International Financial Center, Dubai

Solo exhibition for An Hoang, her debut show in the Middle East. In these new paintings, Hoang explores a delicate balance between abstraction and figuration through "expressive, colourful compositions that capture moments of immersion in nature ... With the use [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Vikram Divecha: Short Circuits

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

Vikram Divecha’s exhibition covers the Dubai-based artist’s practice since 2013, showcasing his playful and poetic site-specific works, public art, installations, videos, photography and drawings. In particular, Divecha has long had an in-depth interest in the invisible structures of planning, construction, [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Henok Melkamzer: Telsem Symbols and Imagery

Sharjah Art Museum Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

With more than 100 works, many on view for the first time, this exhibition is the largest solo presentation by telsem artist Henok Melkamzer. Traditionally termed a healing or talisman art, telsem is a distinctive Ethiopian art form that incorporates [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Lala Rukh: In the Round

Al Mureijah Art Spaces Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

The first major survey of the late artist, feminist organiser and pedagogue Lala Rukh brings together more than 50 drawings, prints, photographs, videos and animation works from across her three-decade practice. The artist captured the diverse rhythms of lunar movements, [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Echoes of Sierra Leone

Urbanist Art Gallery Box Park, Al Wasl Road, Dubai

A group show by five artists from Sierra Leone – Hawa-Jane Bangura, Hickmatu Leigh, Julius Parker, Felix Rhodes, Zahra Fakih Zato.

Free

LAST CHANCE Echoes of Infinite: Poetry’s Visual Symphony

Farjam Foundation Unit GF-97 Gate Avenue, DIFC, Dubai

The Farjam Foundation isn’t a particularly activity gallery, but it does have access to an excellent private collection that spans early Islam to present-day artistic practice across regional geographies and beyond. So when it puts on a show of selected [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Khaled Akil: The Infinite & The Finite

Ayyam Gallery B11, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A solo show for the artist’s recent work − which aims to depict “the unseen, the felt, and the omnipresent”. Akil creates his compositions through dozens of thin layers, creating depth while avoiding impasto; “the drying process presents and provokes [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Raed Yassin: Allegorical Ruins

Gallery Isabelle Unit 17, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Yassin explores the implications of Roland Barthes' concept of "the return of the dead" in photography, playing on the tension between memory and ghostliness by utilising old black and white photographs to evoke loss and the fleeting nature of memory. [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Ala Ebtekar: The Sky of the Seven Valleys

The Third Line Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Ebtekar's exhibition, is presented as "one work in seven chapters", each composed of one to four doorway-sized panels that combine multi-wavelength photographic processes with the artist's distinctive cloud-making brushstrokes. Inspired by Farid ud-Din Attar's Sufi poem Conference of the Birds, [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Khalid Jauffer: Looking, dwelling, leaving

The Third Line Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jauffer is an artist who deals in the metaphoric potential of everyday objects, find the ironies in his everyday surroundings ad teasing out the spatial, poetic relationships between his subjects and their frangible correlation to human beings. "Discarded objects and [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE Susan Kosti: What Lies Beneath

kanvas Dubai Unit 1, Al Khayat Art Avenue, 19th Street Al Quoz 1, Dubai

The Sydney-based media artist and motion graphic designer has assembled a cutting-edge immersive 3D-projection show that translates ocean data collected by NASA into what the organisers describe as “a stunning kaleidoscope of vibrant corals and sea creatures ... What Lies [ ... ]

Free

Artist’s Rooms: Amba Sayal-Bennett

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

Works spanning the last eight years of the artist’s practice that critically engage with the socio-political contexts of architectural heritage and modernist ideologies and aesthetics. Drawing is at the centre of Amba Sayal-Bennett’s practice, expanding across works on paper, projections [ ... ]

Free

Artist’s Rooms: Augustine Paredes

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

Augustine Paredes’ artist’s room brings together his own personal histories and stories that explore his relationship to identity and family via his personal journey as a migrant, navigating constantly between time, places and identities. Gradually moving away from the camera [ ... ]

Free

Artist’s Rooms: Sancintya Mohini Simpson

Jameel Arts Centre Al Jaddaf, Dubai

Sancintya Mohini Simpson is a descended from indentured labourers sent from India to work on colonial sugar plantations in South Africa; her work navigates the complexities of migration, memory and trauma, moving between painting, video, poetry and performance to address [ ... ]

Free

LAST CHANCE An Hoang: Between Days

Volery Gallery Maze Tower - 5201, Dubai International Financial Center, Dubai

Solo exhibition for An Hoang, her debut show in the Middle East. In these new paintings, Hoang explores a delicate balance between abstraction and figuration through "expressive, colourful compositions that capture moments of immersion in nature ... With the use [ ... ]

Free

Project22: The Code

kanvas Dubai Unit 1, Al Khayat Art Avenue, 19th Street Al Quoz 1, Dubai

A one-evening-only popup exhibition celebrating the second anniversary of the eponymous digital art project Project22, featuring work by two dozen generative artists including Sasha Stiles, Seohyo, and Nice Aunties. There will also be an AV performance by Digital Moss, an [ ... ]

Free, but pre-register

LAST CHANCE Kusay Bader: What Have You Done

Artbooth Centro Capital Center, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi

Solo exhibition that offers "a unique perspective on the beauty of nature and the urgent need for environmental stewardship".

Free

LAST CHANCE Arnaud Rivieren: Steel Life

Custot Gallery Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Rivieren's second solo show at Custot is a continuation of his previous exhibition, Natural Sublime, featuring new organic forms and new production processes On show are 14 new and existing works; "through recognisable and nostalgic organic shapes, we find ourselves [ ... ]

Free