Top Art Events of the Month January 2024

Top Spots Dubai shares Dubai’s top exhibition openings and cultural events for the month of January 2024.

“Diary” by Tammam Azzam

Ayyam Gallery is presenting a solo exhibtion, ‘Diary’, by Tammam Azzam on January 8 from 6pm to 9pm, in presence of the artist. The exhibition highlights artworks that explore the concept of perspective. The artist is recognised for explorations of the destruction and reconstruction of an image or space.

8th January until 20th February 2024

Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue

“The Black Flags of Medea” by Philip Mueller

The Black Flags of Medea celebrates a key phase in Philip Mueller’s artistic journey, delving into the quest for meaning and self-discovery. The characters at the exhibit, including the Black Flamingo Sad Boys and Naxos Racing Team, showcase travel landscapes and masked faces reflecting introspection. And prominent to the exhibition is Medea, a symbol of renewal despite her tragic mythological past.

14th November until 29th January 2024

Efie Gallery, Al Quoz

“Unveiling the Shadows of the Past: The Hidden Icon of Photography in Africa” by J.K. Bruce-Vanderpuije

Ghanaian photographer J. K. Bruce-Vanderpuije showcases the tale of Ghanaian modern history through the lens of a local at his exhibit. Capturing the birth of modern-day Ghana through his camera, the artist has managed to document some of the most iconic events in modern Gold Coast 20th century history. Visitors at the exhibit will relive the Ghanaian history through Vanderpuije’s images that blend Ghanaian traditional heritage and western style modernity.

12th January until 20th February 2024

Firetti Contemporary, Alserkal Avenue

“Translucent Threads of Life” by Yousra Wahba

‘Translucent Threads of Life’ Yousra Wahba’s debut show honours nature, identity, and the strength of women. The exhibition highlights the beauty discovered in life’s unconventional and wild aspects, celebrating the unique charm that arises from such unconventional forms. Through four series of artworks, this exhibit encourages an appreciation for the beauty that emerges when boundaries are pushed.

7th December until 8th February 2024 

“Green Art Gallery x Selma Feriani Gallery” by Nazgol Ansarinia, Rossella Biscotti, M’barek Bouhchichi, Hera Buyuktasciyan, Elena Damiani, Yazid Oulab & Massinissa Selmani

Green Art Gallery is presenting a group exhibition in collaboration with Selma Feriani Gallery, with works by Nazgol Ansarinia, Rossella Biscotti, M’barek Bouhchichi, Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Elena Damiani, Yazid Oulab and Massinissa Selmani. The exhibit represents arising and mid-career artists from the MENA region and the globe.

10th January until 17th February 2024

Grey Noise, Alserkal Avenue

“Half Light” by Fahd Burki

The exhibition showcases Fahd Burki’s body of work that departs from his minimalist approach to image-making, opening it up to subject matter, metaphor, and narrative. It captures distilled experiences, dreams, archetypal forms, and mysterious, unresolved thoughts.

19th November until 3rd February 2024

Ishara Art Foundation, Alserkal Avenue

“Sheher, Prakriti, Devi” by Gauri Gill

The exhibition ‘Sheher, Prakriti, Devi,’ featuring works by Gauri Gill, Vinnie Gill, and Ladhki Devi, explores inquiries into world-making through investigations, beliefs, and care. The exhibition covering maps of the city, environment, and psyche is centered around Gauri Gill’s extensive documentation of the modern urban landscape in India since 2003.

19th January until 1st June 2024

Jameel Arts Centre, Jaddaf Waterfront

“Some Seasons: Fereydoun Ave and the Laal Collection, 1959 – 2019” by Negar Azimi, Sohrab Mohebbi & Talia Heiman

‘Some Seasons: Fereydoun Ave and the Laal Collection, 1959-2019’ is curated by Negar Azimi and Sohrab Mohebbi with Talia Heiman and offers understandings into Iran’s art production and circulation from the late 1950s to the present, spanning periods of monarchy and theocracy. Created before the current Iranian uprising, it presents works by artists such as Monir Sharoudy Farmanfarmaian, Rokni Haerizadeh, and others, capturing a rich historical narrative.

27th September until 23rd March 2024

“Guest Relations” by Murtaza Vali with Lucas Morin

“Guest Relations’ exhibition gives visitors a brief insight into the historical, political, social, and cultural shifts accompanying Dubai’s rapid tourism growth. With hotels as historical subjects and considering other hospitality sites like airlines and amusement parks, it unveils complexities beyond luxury, highlighting the cultural significance and historical narratives inherent in the ‘work of welcome’.

4th November until 28th April 2024

“Hurricane Waves” by Clifford Ross

Hurricane Waves’, features striking photographs that evolved from Clifford Ross’s 1996 series, where he immersed himself in extreme weather to capture dramatic black-and-white images. With ingenious techniques, from patented cameras to wood printing, the exhibits display a commitment to technological advancements in his pursuit of expressive realism.

20th November until 15th January 2024

The Third Line, Alserkal Avenue

“Fly Like Dandelions” by Pouran Jinchi

Inspired by an article titled ‘Great Climate Migration’ in the New York Times, Pouran Jinchi created her latest series, ‘Fly Like Dandelions’. The article narrates the story of Jorge A., a Guatemalan farmer forced to leave due to the effects of climate change on farming. Jinchi’s series is influenced by landscapes changed by climate change, including ghost forests and arid lands.

11th January until 16th February 2024

“Before Nature” by Kamran Samimi

Kamran Samimi’s exhibition with The Third Line – ‘Before Nature (I Am Both Created and Destroyed)’ – draws inspiration from the organic forms of the UAE’s mountains and rocks for his artwork titled Translations (2023). In addition to the paintings, visitors can also check the sizable stone sculpture crafted by Samimi, named Unbroken Column (2023), which will be set outdoors at Alserkal Avenue.

11th January until 16th February 2024

“Metaphors” by Mahmoud Hamadani

‘Metaphors’ by Mahmoud Hamadani explores visual metaphors in his series. Observing these artworks feels like a way to understand the tangible world.

11th January until 27th February 2024