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Dubai’s Jameel Arts Centre reveals unmissable line up that's sure to spark creativity

Dubai’s Jameel Arts Centre reveals unmissable line up that's sure to spark creativity

The free shows are now open and you need to book in advance

The invisible enemy should not exist by Michael Rakowitz
Dani Bapista
The invisible enemy should not exist by Michael Rakowitz

Contemporary art hub Jameel Arts Centre in Jaddaf Waterfront as has announced a line-up of exciting exhibitions.

New additions include the Artist’s Rooms – a series of solo exhibitions by innovative artists, with a focus on artists from the Middle East, Asia and Africa and until January 3rd 2021, guests can check out the works of Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Taysir Batniji and Larissa Sansour.

Need to know: Larissa Sansour represented Denmark at the 58th Venice Biennale with In Vitro: an Arabic-language sci-fi film and her show at Jameel Arts Centre includes the regional premiere of the acclaimed film.

Taysir Batniji’s exhibition, 'To My Brother', explores loss and memory in a series of inkless ‘drawings’ etched onto paper, while Dubai-based artist Lawrence Abu Hamdan is showcasing an audio-video installation titled ‘This Whole Time There Were No Landmines’.

There are also some pretty cool ongoing exhibitions worth checking out including a show featuring the works Michael Rakowitz. One of the best-known artists of his generation, Rakowitz draws on complex histories, politics and cultures to create highly charged, inspirational large-scale installations.

Curated by Iwona Blazwick and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev with Habda Rashid, Marianna Vecellio and Art Jameel’s Nora Razian, the exhibition is running until November 22nd.

There’s also Lubna Chowdhary’s ‘Metropolis’ that’s running until October 1st. The installation was developed over a period of 28 years and comprises more than 1,000 brightly coloured ceramic structures, abstract towers, monuments and other forms.

And the best news of all? Checking out the art exhibitions won’t cost you a dirham.

Open to the public every day except Tuesdays, and under new guidelines, Dubai’s artsy folk will need to a book a two-hour slot in advance and adhere to social distancing measures.


Free entry. Open Wed-Mon 10am-6pm. Ongoing. Jaddaf Waterfront, Al Jaddaf, www.jameelartscentre.org (04 873 9800).

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