From January 5th to February 5th, 2010
Opening January 5th, Sacred Sights presents the work of 16 photographers spanning though out the 20th century. Collectively the work reflects upon the powerful spirit of India with a particular focus on holy places. For decades India has been a destination for spiritually inclined travellers in search of inspiration. Through the work of these photographers, Sacred Sights hopes to share with you a unique perspective from a select few personal journeys.
Exhibition photographers include Bruno Barbey- Werner Bischof - Edouard Boubat - Margaret Bourke-White - Bourne & Shepherd - Henri Cartier-Bresson - Martine Franck - William Gedney - Ernst Haas - Kenro Izu - Leon Levinstein - Mary Ellen Mark - Bhalu Mondhe - Charles Moore - Marc Riboud.
Special guest: Laura McPhee
For more information and location details, visit the Empty Quarter website.
The Portfolio Project by Bidoun at the Shelter
Aisha Miyuki Ansari and Zeinab Hajian
January 10–February 10, 2010
In November 2009, Bidoun launched a new, monthly exhibition project aimed at highlighting the work of photographers based in the UAE.
A wide range of images from the selected photographer's portfolio will be shown each month on two flatscreen lightboxes at Shelter in Al Quoz. Bidoun is selecting photographers based in the UAE, focusing on those working independently, without the support of an agency or gallery. The Portfolio Project aims to provide an outlet for the many particularly talented and dynamic artists working with photography; this will be their first solo project exhibition in the Gulf.
More information on current (Aisha Miyuki Ansari and Zeinab Hajian) and previous (Hind Mezaina, Mohamed Somji) artists on The Portfolio Project's page.
The Human Race
January 13th to February 25th
Mojo Gallery, newly launched in November of this year, is exhibiting photographic work by Indian-born Australian fine art photographer Binu Bhaskar. The Human Race is meant to reflect upon the manner by which people in contemporary society are in a constant state flux, moving from one city to another.
Inhabitants move perhaps to chase a dream, pursue an opportunity, seek an adventure, or even to escape a past. What happens to an individual’s identity in this state of perpetual movement? What happens to the identity of each nation as this habit becomes widespread? Particularly applicable to Dubai’s expat society, it will be interesting to see how viewers identify with the work.
Please visit the website for more information.
Art Nights at the DIFC (Assorted Locations within DIFC)
January 27, 2010
Art Nights @ Gate Village – an arts focused initiative taking place in the hear of Dubai’s financial district – Gate Village; a contemporary urban area that’s home to a concoction of galleries, boutiques, restaurants and high-end cafes. Every last Wednesday of the month, Art Nights @ Gate Village combines elements of art, film, photography, fashion, design and cuisine – through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. For more information, click here.
Parviz Tanavoli & Abbas Kiarostami
November 9th to February 10th
Abbas Kiarostami has been internationally aknowledged for his photography and film work for over thiry years. Born in Tehran, Kiarostami studied painting at Tehran University, and began pursuing photography intensively by the late 1970s. His current work pointificates his affinity toward trees and roads in terms of subject matter. His framing decisions are at once deliberate and alternative to the common lanscape. By focusing litterally on limited elements of the scene Kiarostami removes distracting details, instead allowing the natural environment to express a simple and clean moment. This Trees and Crows exhibit will be display in conjunction with the work of Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli at the Meem gallery until the 10th of Feb.
Take a look at the Meem Gallery website for more info.
Gallery of Light (Ductac)
Sense of Sight
February 3th to February 24th
Ductac has joined together with Moorfields Eye Hospital to present the work of eight emerging Dubai photographers focused on expressing the importance of eyesight and properly caring for your vision. These images will explore ideas surrounding visual disturbances in hopes of stressing the importance of regular eye screening. An elected panel of judges will award one of the photographers with a donated prize of AED 10 000 generously granted by Moorfields as a gesture towards the support of emerging local photographers. Find out who has won Feb 3rd!
Check out the website for more details