Must-See Art Exhibitions in the Region
Redefining Space: Between Borders, Warehouse 421, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Lebanese-Canadian photographer Camille Zakharia left his native Tripoli after graduating from the American University of Beirut in 1985. It was the height Lebanese Civil War, and Zakharia became an immigrant, travelling through the US, Greece and Turkey, before settling in Canada. He now lives between Canada and Bahrain. Through his work, Zakharia reflects the people, places, interiors and exteriors he has encountered on his migrant journey. Redefining Space: Between Borders, presented by Dubai’s Cuadro Fine Art Gallery, comprises a selection of Zakharia’s photographic collages, composed of multiple layers of images of painted asphalt, rearranged into abstract patterns.
Dates: 8 September to 30 September
Anthony Cragg: Human Nature, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul Modern currently resides in the historical building Union Française in the city’s Beyoğlu neighbourhood, where it will be located for the next three years while it awaits the completion of its new home in Karaköy. Anthony Cragg: Human Nature, an exploration of the work of veteran Turner Prize-winning British sculptor Anthony Cragg, is the first exhibition to be held in this temporary space.
Dates: Until 11 November
Remnants, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Remnants is a group show curated by Sara Alonso Gómez, an expert on Latin American contemporary art. Green Art Gallery’s first post-summer exhibition features eight international artists – Nazgol Ansarinia from Iran, Fatma Bucak from Turkey, Ghaith Mofeed from Syria and Elizabet Cerviño, Ejnny Feal, Yornel Martínez, Reynier Leyva Novo and Wolfredo Prieto from Cuba – whose work, according to Gómez, “subtly, playfully or parabolically address the issue of exclusion and oblivion”.
Date: 17 September to 26 October
Marie Voignier: International Tourism (Staging Real Life), Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Parisian documentary filmmaker Marie Voignier is one of four artists nominated for this year’s prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize, so now is the time to start exploring her work. Marie Voignier: International Tourism (Staging Real Life), features three of the artist’s films, documenting “controlled and manipulated life events”. Hearing the Shape of a Drum (2010) records the media reaction to a closed trial; Standing Still (2013), shows the turning pages of a book on colonial big game hunters; and International Tourism (2014) explores how North Korea presents itself to tourists.
Dates: Until 7 October
Truth is Black, Write Over it with a Mirage’s Light, Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan
For the 30th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition of works at Darat Al Funun, the gallery set artists a challenge – re-imagine our world, following the words from Mahmoud Darwish’s poem ‘To a Young Poet’: Truth is black, write over it with a mirage’s light. Artists from all over the Middle East put their unique perspective on the words through different mediums including photography, video installations and portraits.
Dates: Until 4 October