Five great art exhibitions to see in Dubai in March
From an exhibition based on an ancient Kazakh game involving a headless goat carcass, to an artistic journey of leaving a homeland, there’s plenty of reasons to get cultural this month…
Until May 12.
Welcome to the world of Kokpar: an ancient nomadic game from Kazakhstan that involves two teams competing to carry a headless goat carcass – which must weigh exactly 66lbs – over a goal line. In 66lbs, artist Said Atabekov brings the game back to life through photographs, video and installations.
Unit 18, P4 Level, Damac Park Towers, Dubai, Sat to Thur 10am to 7pm, free. Tel: (04) 04 3859897. Metro: Financial Centre. andakulova.com
2. Everything Must Go
Until March 25.
Hailing from London, Sophia Al Mara is a young artist keen to take on the controversies causing friction in the Gulf. Everything Must Go is a new version of Al Mara’s celebrated Black Friday exhibition, which was on show at The Whitney Museum Of American Art in 2016, and tackles the chaotic act of consuming, and feelings of confusion and pandemonium that underlie an illusion of order.
The Third Line, Street 8, Al Quoz 1, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, Sat to Thur 10am to 7pm, free. Tel: (04) 3411367. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. thethirdline.com
3. Optical Variations
Until March 17
Six illuminated, monochromatic mobiles are the focal point of French artist Damien Bénéteau’s new exhibition. Bénéteau creates sleek kinetic art that plays with light, is continually moving and is created by milling, polishing and metal turning machines. Two of his pieces feature pendulums paired with lights to create a trio of visual phenomena.
CHI-KA, Al Quoz 1, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, Sat to Thur 11am to 7pm, free. Tel: (050) 7445911. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. chikaspace.com
Until May 12
Where is your home? And what happens when it is lost? Those are the questions artist Helen Teede explores in her new exhibition. Zimbabwe born and bred, Teede goes through the process of leaving her home permanently and recreates her experience as art. Delve into a deeply personal journey of loss, dislocation and identity.
Showcase Gallery, Unit 35, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, Sat to Thur 10am to 7pm, free. Tel: (04) 3790940. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. showcaseuae.com
5. Write Injuries On Sand And Kindness In Marble
Until April 6
Green Art Gallery is reincarnated as its former self, a marble factory, for Turkish artist Hera Büyüktaşçıyan’s exploration of labour and productivity. Büyüktaşçıyan reflects on the long-forgotten fingerprints of the marble workers, and the invisible builders whose hands shape the social, urban and historical landscape.
Green Art Gallery, Unit 28, Street 8, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, Sat to Thur 10am to 7pm, free. Tel: (04) 3469305. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. gagallery.com