Our pick: The five Dubai art exhibitions you should see this month
With several artists drawing inspiration from the Holy Month, here are our favourite art exhibitions showing in June…
1. Reflections of Ramadan
Until June 17.
In the most aptly named exhibition this month, more than 24 artworks from ten UAE artists will be showcased in the lobby of Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre hotel, in Deira. Different Islamic styles – from traditional watercolours to modern abstract – will be on display from a range of talented artists, including Angela Abou Alwan, Jeff Scofield and Hessa Almualla.
Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, Deira, Dubai, daily 24 hours, free. Tel: (04) 2941222. Metro: Deira City Centre. pullman-dubai-creek-citycentre.com
2. Modernist Women of Egypt
Until July 27
This collection of works on Egyptian modern art examines topics from activism to traditions and multiculturalism, between the 1950s and 1970s in Egypt. The collection reiterates what female Egyptian artists witnessed and lived through, offering a glimpse into the “golden period” of the century.
Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, Sat to Thur 10am to 7pm, free. Tel: (04) 3469305. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. gagallery.com
3. Almost Home
Until July 25.
As an Iranian-American immigrant, Amir H Fallah knows what it’s like to be uprooted from a homeland, and attempt to adapt to a new environment. So, for his new body of work, he delved deep into his own history and reflected on just that. The bold and intricate works of Almost Home are about belonging without a safe haven, and adapting to change.
The Third Line, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, Sat to Thur 10am to 7pm, free. Tel: (04) 341 1367. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. thethirdline.com
4. Illuminated Space
Until June 17.
In March, Jerusalem-born and New York-based Samia Halaby presented two of her latest projects, side-by-side. One of them Documentary Drawings Of The Kafr Qasem Massacre, took ten years of research and interviews to produce. The other, Illuminated Space, is a colourful collection of abstract experiments, examining the “space of light”. The works took two years to collate, and reflect her interest in shapes inspired by living organisms.
Ayyam Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, Sun to Thur 10am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 3236242. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. ayyamgallery.com
5. Ramadanization Art Exhibition
Until June 27.
This collection showcases works by artists who observe Ramadan, and their perspectives of the Holy Month. Aiming to initiate a conversation on how Ramadan upholds Islamic beliefs and traditions worldwide, the exhibit will be held in the Gallery Of Light, featuring a range of multimedia pieces and installations.
D Theatre, Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai, Sat to Thur 9am to 10pm, Fri 2pm to 10pm, free. Tel: (04) 3414777. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates. ductac.org/theatre