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SOCIAL SATURDAYS AT ALSERKAL AVENUE
Join us in Alserkal Avenue this Saturday (27 April) for a day of exhibitions, films, creative workshops, fitness activities, live music, food, neighbourhood discoveries, and more.
10AM - 7PM
BOOK HERO TRUCK
A mobile book truck that stocks over 20,000 titles of pre-owned books for sale at prices ranging from AED10-20.
Explore the exhibitions on show at the contemporary art galleries and non-profit art spaces within Alserkal Avenue.
Grab a Bite
Appetite Café at A4 Space, Mirzam Chocolate Makers, Nightjar, Wild & The Moon, Project Chaiwala, Saj&Co, Techarc, Fill me Pho at KAVE, and Tamashee.
Enjoy live music throughout the day.
Timings: 3.30PM - 4.15PM and 5PM- 5.45PM
Timings: 4.15PM- 5PM and 6.30PM -7.15PM
Timings: 5.45PM - 6.30PM, 7.15PM - 8PM
Workout | Classical Yoga
Join us for an introductory session of Classical Yoga. You will learn the ancient yogic fitness system of Anga-mardana, a series of 31 processes to invigorate the body, and reach peak physical fitness and mental health. Anga-mardana brings a sense of lightness and freedom in the body.
Note: It is recommended not to eat anything before the class. If you have an injury or medical condition please inform us beforehand. This is a bring your own mat (BYOM) event.
Free and open to all. Limited to 15 participants. Email: email@example.com with the event name in the subject.
Location: A4 Space
Workout | Running Club
Join our running club for a jog around the Avenue led by marathon runner Partha Hedge.
Free and open to all. Part of Alserkal’s Spring 2019 programme on Corrective Maintenance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the event name in the subject.
Meeting point: Outside A4 Space
Workshop | Wax Carving & Silver Filing
Time: 9AM - 6PM
Watch wax carving and silver filing processed live in The Jewel Teller’s own factory on-site in Alserkal Avenue. Free and open to all.
Location: The Jewel Teller | Warehouse 49
Workshop | Introduction to Food Styling for Photography
Time: 10AM - 5PM
Everyone takes pictures of their food nowadays, but only a few photographers achieve mouthwatering results. A stunning food photograph needs two ingredients: the photography itself, and the styling. In this workshop, food stylist Henriett Braun will teach you some of the techniques she utilises for Kellogg’s, Operation:Falafel, and Ben’s Cookies.
Book your spot at http://gulfphotoplus.com/foodweekend
Location: Gulf Photo Plus | Warehouse 36
Guided Tours | The Book of Kings
Time: 10AM - 6PM
Join guided tours of this exhibition featuring work by two artists, Shirin Neshat & Fereydoun Ave, and inspired by The Book of Kings, the epic poems written in the 10th century by Ferdowsi. The tours will run all day.
Location: Total Arts | The Courtyard
Kids animation workshop | Flipbook by The Youth Animation Platform
Time: 10.30AM - 12.30PM
Welcome to the world of animation in this workshop, where participants can experiment with animated drawings and create their own flip books. The workshop also includes screenings of animated shorts and a quick tour behind the scenes to uncover the secrets of animation.
Free and open to those aged 8 - 14 years. Email email@example.com with the event name in the subject.
Location: Wisdom Warehouse | Warehouse 61
Workshop | Make your own mini bouquet
Time: 11AM - 12PM & 4-5PM
Select your blooms from our flower fridge, and learn from our resident florist how to design and create your own mini flower bouquet.
AED50 per person. No pre-booking required.
Location: Ame | Warehouse 81
Workshop | Cactus Terrarium by Habitat Plant Shop
Create your own Cactus Terrarium and learn how to look after it at home. All materials will be provided on the day and you'll take home the Cactus Terrarium you create!
Register your spot via habitatplantshop.com
Location: The Courtyard
Workshop | Contemporary Dance workshop with Maleek Washington
Washington’s class focuses on re-educating the body to enhance our human aspects and creating an atmosphere to be a versatile mover. Maleek's movement and combinations range from to Contemporary with a Fusion of Hip-Hop flare. Students will learn how to tell a vivid story with their bodies. The class includes a range of structured formatted movement, improvisation, floor work and dynamics centered around making strong movement choices. Link to register: https://mindbody.io/fitness/instructors/maleek-washington-7
Workshop | Build your own hammock foldable chair
HiPA hammock chairs are foldable, consisting of ready-made components, reusable items, and easy to assemble without tools. In this three-hour workshop, you will assemble your own version of the HiPA hammock foldable chair, using recycled shovels.
AED350 per person. Register via http://thestoryofthings.com/product/build-your-own-hammock-foldable-chair/
Location: KAVE | Warehouse 20
Workout | CRANK X Wisdom Warehouse | Mother and Child SHAPE Class
Join this 30-minute CRANK SHAPE class aimed at mums and kids. This light body weight workout has been adapted for children and their parents.
Suitable for 4-8 year olds. Limited to 20 participants. Register online at crank-fit.com under schedule (only the parent needs to register)
Location: CRANK | Warehouse 43
Screening & Discussion | LEAVING NEVERLAND
At the height of his stardom, the world's biggest pop star, Michael Jackson, began long-running relationships with two boys, aged seven and ten, and their families. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and debate featuring Reem Hameed, Andre Neveling and Bill Bragin, moderated by William Mullally.
Location: Cinema Akil | Warehouse 68
Talk | Water Producing Tower by AUS Proffessor Camilo Cerro
This talk by American University of Sharjah Professor Camilo Cerro will explore population growth in urban areas, and informal settlements that have inadequate, sometimes non-existent, water and sanitation services. Cerro will discuss an ongoing design process around the development of water-generating facilities to be implemented as independent, self-sufficient interventions (urban acupuncture) within impoverished communities.
Location: Techarc | Warehouse 25
Exhibition tour | Grey Noise
Location: Grey Noise | Warehouse 24
Talk | Saudi-grown coffee
Time: 4PM - 6PM
Join Khaled Almadi, Co-founder of Elixir Bunn Coffee Roasters and Cafe in Riyadh and Zainab Almousawi, Co-founder of To The Moon and Back, as they discuss working with Saudi farms to produce speciality coffee. There will also be live coffee brewing following the discussion.
Location: Masahat Tamashee | Warehouse 59
Reading & book launch | Small Days & Nights by Tishani Doshi
Writer Tishani Doshi joins us for an evening of poetry and prose. Doshi will read from her new novel, Small Days and Nights, and present a selection of her award-winning poems. Widely acknowledged for being a strong contemporary South Asian voice, her work is rooted in feminine experience. Themes of distance and return resonate in her writing, negotiating living and belonging between cultures and communities.
Doshi's latest book Small Days and Nights will be available for purchase and signing after the reading.
Location: Cinema Room | A4 Space
Surprise event | general 3am
café – content – public space - store
Location: Satellite | Warehouse 16
Screening | OF FATHERS AND SONS
Talal Derki returned to his homeland where he gained the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses primarily on the children, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up with a father whose only dream is to establish an Islamic caliphate. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.
Location: Cinema Akil | Warehouse 68
Outdoor Theatre | The Zoo Story by Edward Albee
Alserkal Avenue and The Junction bring Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story to Dubai’s stage. What is life like when you have a great job, a wife, two daughters, a big house, two cats and two parakeets? The Zoo Story is a conversation between two men in Central Park, New York that promises to leave you bemused, yet replete with meaning of your own.
Location: The Yard
Screening| I AM NOT A WITCH
After a minor incident in her village, nine-year-old Shula is exiled to a travelling witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape she will be transformed into a goat. As she navigates through her new life with her fellow witches and a government official who espouses her, exploiting her innocence for his own gain, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom.
Location: Cinema Akil | Warehouse 68
Group exhibition | A Collection of Undoings
This group show by artists from India—a country with a strong tradition of storytelling, where folk tales and mythology are a part of everyday life—explores the artists’ conceived imagery and grammar, which they have culled from our collective consciousness. The result: universal stories, like pictorial collages, that depict multiple layers of reality.
Sadik Alfraji | The River That Was in the South
This new body of work by the Iraqi artist Sadik Alfraji includes an animated film, a sound installation, a series of drawings and prints, as well as paintings. Throughout his practice, Alfraji examines what he describes as ‘the problem of existence’, with the shadowy protagonist who often appears in his works representing a black void, a filter that allows him to explore the intricacies of life.
Bernhard Buhmann | The Chaser, the Ambusher and the Fickle
Titled after the ghost characters from the classic arcade game Pac-Man, Bernhard Buhmann’s fourth solo show at Carbon 12 dissects issues of identity and societal uncertainty in a world teetering on the edge of technological singularity.
Group exhibition | Spring Break
Presenting a group show of paintings, sculptures, and photographs by international artists Lino Melano, Barry Flanagan, Ron Arad, Fernando Botero, Joan Miró, Etel Adnan, Nick Brandt, Jedd Novatt, Fabienne Verdier, Richard Höglund, Pablo Reinoso, Sophia Vari, Marc Quinn, Hervé Van der Straeten, and Ian Davenport.
This exhibition of works by the self- taught Algerian artist Baya Mahieddine (1931-1998), better known as Baya, comprises some 15 gouache paintings. Growing up, Baya drew on her surroundings for inspiration—a mix of Arab and Berber cultures. She is often associated with the Surrealist movement, and André Breton first promoted her work while she was still a teenager.
Angel-O | Stray (CATNIP)
Stray (CATNIP) is a photo series born out of Angel-O’s yearning to live with a cat, but facing restrictions in his living quarters. Through this series, the camera zooms in on the ‘natural habitat’ of cats amidst the urban glitz and cityscape of Dubai.
ISABELLE VAN DEN EYNDE GALLERY
Hassan Sharif | Blue
The late Hassan Sharif was an experimenter—an exploratory, enlightening soul who prized vigorous evolution (of his thought, of his process) over tried-and-true formulas. Blue, a journey through Sharif’s complex relationship with colour—offers a new window into this fervent mind. Faithful to the artist’s experimental spirit, the show features some never before exhibited works that raise fresh questions on the true depths of Sharif’s practice.
GREEN ART GALLERY
Kamrooz Aram continues to combine ornamental patterns derived from Persian carpets and other so-called decorative arts with a unique painterly language that he has developed over the years. The new paintings in this solo exhibition, the artist’s third at Green Art Gallery, range from being bound closely to the logic of the grid, to those painted without any imposed structure.
Stéphanie Saadé | The Encounter of the First and Last Particles of Dust
As is often the case in Stéphanie Saadé’s practice, the show draws its name from an eponymous work. In this case, it is the carpet that covered the floor of the room that Saadé occupied as a teenager in her family home in Lebanon. In 2018, she ripped it off the floor and embroidered eighteen ‘trajectories’ onto it, symbolising the eighteen most significant trajectories Saadé undertook while she occupied the room. The piece is linked to the various notions of displacement: the memories attached to the embroidery intertwine personal history with the country’s history of that particular time.
GULF PHOTO PLUS
Hussain AlMoosawi | Facade to Facade
The facades of buildings across the UAE, almost like the layers of sediment on an archaeological site, serve as an architectural guide to the young nation’s history. Artist, photographer, and graphic designer Hussain AlMoosawi has traveled from emirate to emirate, documenting dozens of facades, from the idiosyncratic to the archetypal, and everything in between. The resulting body of work is as much a testament to the designers and architects who have shaped the UAE, as it is a reflection on the relationship between mankind and the urban spaces we build.
ISHARA ART FOUNDATION
Shilpa Gupta and Zarina | Altered Inheritances: Home is a Foreign Place
Ishara Art Foundation’s inaugural exhibition, curated by Nada Raza, features works made by Shilpa Gupta and Zarina from the 1970s to the present, and navigates notions of belonging with nuanced, poetic, and personal evocations of how geographical dislocation transforms ordinary lives. Its reference points are around the borders of South Asia, but with an awareness of migration and mobility as globally resonant experiences in our times.
Ishara Art Foundation is presented in partnership with Alserkal Avenue.
JEAN-PAUL NAJAR FOUNDATION
Group exhibition | The Monochrome Revisited
The Monochrome Revisited explores the history and evolution of the monochrome. The exhibition begins with the ‘first’ documented monochromes, which can be found in publications as early as the 17th century. The core of the exhibition, inspired by Marcia Hafif’s historical 1978 essay, ‘Beginning Again’, looks at how Hafif and her contemporaries used the materiality of painting as the subject of their work to express their artistic and philosophical principles. Finally, it looks at how today’s artists continue to engage with the art form to address contemporary issues.
Jean-Paul Najar Foundation is presented in partnership with Alserkal Avenue.
LA GALERIE NATIONALE
Group exhibition | Haute Couture: Ladies’ Hats (1920-1960)
An exhibition for art and fashion lovers, Haute Couture Ladies’ Hats presents Linda Kirby’s unique collection of hats. French photographer Marie Jedagen and artistic creator Bruno Fuscien-Trasan have staged striking photographs of the hats to accompany each piece.
Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim | The Space Between the Eyelid and the Eyeball
This solo show by Khorfakkan-based Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim comprises three bodies of work that span painting and sculpture. It centres around a group of Sitting Man portraits, an intriguing series in which the head of the sitter is always cropped. Drawing from his Numbers series, other works are at times minimal, at times complex, playing with the notions of multiplicity and division. The third series showcases his brightly-coloured sculptures. Linking the three are Ibrahim’s compulsive and intuitive sense of repetition, variation, and humour.
LEILA HELLER GALLERY
Johan Creten | True Love
True Love further explores the themes encompassing Johan Creten’s career, including an emphasis on the relationship between humanity and Earth.
Soraya Sharghi | Out of Realm
In a bold display of colour and concept, Iranian artist Soraya Sharghi navigates the role of power in society, and poses the question: What does an icon look like in the 21st century?
SALSALI PRIVATE MUSEUM
Philip Mueller | TIBE NOW: Free Drinks, Boots and Tickets to the Apocalypse
For its closing show in Dubai before the museum relocates to Berlin, Salsali Private Museum presents a selection of paintings by Austrian painter Philip Mueller from its collection, alongside new site-specific works.
Heitham Adjina | Architecture of Being
Heitham Adjina tackles the philosophical and aesthetic wonders of time, place, and humanity through his poignant paintings rife with allegorical symbolism. An architect practising in Dubai, London, and Baghdad for over 40 years, Adjina is behind some of the most prominent architectural structures in the region.
THE THIRD LINE
Rana Begum | Perception and Reflection
Rana Begum’s fourth solo at the gallery is comprised entirely of reflectors, capturing the unexpected geometries of urban environments, while light continues to hold sway over the works’ formal aspects. The new works are inspired by the patterns and vibrant colours of road signs, and the way in which their surfaces shift as the day progresses. These works too shift and change as light exposure varies and as viewers walk around them.
ZAYED UNIVERSITY URBAN SATELLITE SPACE (ZUUSS)
Shamma Al Amri
Zayed University alumna Shamma Al Amri’s sculptures have multiple meanings, offering a visual lyricism which she creates by using the Arabic language in unexpected and inventive ways. Al Amri works in various mediums, often combining her fine art experience with digital technology.
ZUUSS is presented in partnership with Alserkal Avenue.
Alserkal Commission | Rhodiola by 3 137
A transmission by 3 137, Rhodiola is a ‘conversation piece’, taking place in Dubai—an informal group portrait of the participants, the visitors, and the hosts. Inspired by the properties of the healing rhodiola root, the project explores ideas of maintenance in everyday life. Rhodiola unravels through five ‘Waves’, different conceptual units which function as ways of transmission and connectivity. For six weeks, the installation hosts a temporary gathering, a radio booth, an exhibition space, screenings, and other services. Rhodiola challenges ordinary perceptions of domestic life and public affairs and offers a place for moments of active pause. Visitors are encouraged to tune in to different ideas and concepts and to co-exist with the space, the waves, the producers, the invited guests, and the audience.
Location: Warehouse 90