Last chance to view
Saturday, April 16, 2022
From 9 pm until midnight
This year, the annual celebration of Ramadan Nights returns to Jameel Arts Centre with two fun-filled programming on two consecutive Saturdays (April 9 and 16, from 9 pm till midnight).
Programming includes workshops across ‘Creative Stations' for both adults and children led by local art practitioners, board games, henna designs, storytime at Jameel Library and a ‘Reading Vigil' paying ode to scholars, writers and artists who have left a mark on how we engage with the world.
Visitors of Ramadan Nights are able to enjoy a late night treat from one of the local vendors, offering Karak, fizzy drinks and freeflow cotton candy and popcorn, or can head over to the museum's new farm-to-fork restaurant, Teible, and try the Ramadan-themed culinary concoctions.
Ramadan Nights are free and open to all, upon registration due to limited capacity. For more details, please refer to the schedule of programming for April 16.
Jameel Arts Centre welcomes visitors during the Holy Month of Ramadan on Monday-Sunday, from 10am-4pm (Wednesday: 10am-4pm and 9pm-12am); closed on Tuesday and Friday).
Staple – an artists' film programme
March 23, 2022 - May 9, 2022
Location: Gallery 9
Please refer to the full schedule of films and screen-timings here
(Screening times indicated for the respective films are subject to opening hours at the Jameel Arts Centre. Please note changes and night screenings during Ramadan)
An artists' film programme reflecting on the ecological, social, and geo-political entanglements of food and food systems. These films are programmed in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Staple: What's on your plate?' curated by Rahul Gudipudi and Danielle Burrows and currently showing at Hayy Jameel, Jeddah. The exhibition was developed collaboratively by Art Jameel and Delfina Foundation.
Currently on view
‘Fahd Burki: Daydreams'
On view until October 9, 2022
‘Daydreams' is Fahd Burki's first survey exhibition, bringing together works spanning the last fifteen years of the artist's practice. Burki's paintings, drawings and sculptures are inspired by a wide range of influences including architecture, nature and various strands of contemporary popular culture. The selection of works range from his figurative work, through to abstraction, and a selection of commissioned reliefs. A publication featuring commissioned texts by Murtaza Vali, Saira Ansari and Dawn Ross accompanies the exhibition.
‘Taus Makhacheva: A Space of Celebration'
On view until August 14, 2022
‘A Space of Celebration' is Taus Makhacheva's first retrospective exhibition in West Asia, bringing together works created over the past thirteen years, including a new site-specific commission.
Makhacheva revisits and retells complex histories through a cast of characters and objects, including her alter ego, Super Taus. Her contextually grounded installations involve flawed gymnastics training arenas, Soviet-era circuses, wedding halls and suspended mountain ranges. In her works, facts meld with everyday myths, troubling the notion of cultural authenticity and making way for the fantastical.
Artist's Rooms: Samson Young
On view until May 7, 2022
Samson Young's Artist's Room features a new, site-specific installation, Reasonable Music – an interactive environment consisting of (text as) sound and (text as) image. The components within this environment are derived from the processing of translating the Daoist text Daodejing. Insights from computational analysis on the text's formal features are filtered through human intuition to generate a network of sonic and visual objects. As formal features progress along a chain of events, they are transformed, distorted, and take on new features.
The Artist's Room is accompanied by a monograph with an essay by Orianna Cacchione, Curator of Global Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art, at the University of Chicago. The monograph is published by Art Jameel and is available in the Art Jameel Shop.
‘Library Circles: Salmsa Serry'
On view until August 1, 2022
In its latest iteration of Library Circles, Jameel Library presents food writer and filmmaker Salma Serry's research, developed over the past few years, in which she explores regional menus as a site of confluence where history, knowledge, politics, economies, senses and semantics are revealed. Serry expands her research methods to include printed menus, informal publications, interviews, personal photo archives, to construct and share overlooked archival material that piece together a regional narrative.
In conjunction with ‘Library Circles: Salma Serry', Art Jameel launches #dubaizaman, a collaborative project that asks participants to dig into their personal archives for the Kodak moments of birthdays, weddings, graduations and various jovial celebrations, expressed through what is served on the table.
To take part, submit your images through tagging @jameelartscentre and using #dubaizaman on Instagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Each submission should include a caption, detailing dates, names and location, if possible (90 words min.).
Every month, for the run of the display at Jameel Arts Centre, a selection will be made and shared via the Jameel's social media channels, while the remainder joins Serry's expansive archive.
Park Projects at Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park
Location: Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park
The inaugural Park Projects invites artists to produce works in the context of Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park. The works inhabit the public space in alternative ways, posing pertinent questions that probe notions of community, nature and the very concept of a commission.
Since October 2021, artist and pedagogue Nahla Tabbaa has been using the exterior spaces of Jameel Arts Centre as sites of experimentation. Looking at organic ecosystems and their imbrication in networks of food production, Shamsa is a series of time-based interventions using textile and organic material to observe the passage of time through the impact of the sun. Tabbaa's commission resulted in a limited-edition artist's book, designed by Layan Attari and available at the Art Jameel Shop.
Hong Kong artist Trevor Yeung uses botanic ecology, horticulture and installation in Volcanic Universe to occupy the Jameel Arts Centre outdoor parking lot. Connected to the park's recycled irrigation system through repurposed sprinklers, this timed and choreographed ballet waters an otherwise unloved, man-made ground, delicately and ironically addressing notions of artificiality.
Volcanic Universe remains on view until May 2022.
Composition for a Public Park by Hassan Khan
November 2, 2019 - May 22, 2022
Location: Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park
By popular demand, artist Hassan Khan's large-scale, multi-lingual musical artwork remains at the Jaddaf Waterfront Sculpture Park for the third year. Designed to be experienced by moving through space, it features musical scores and spoken narrative, written in three movements and composed especially for a public park. At the heart of each movement is a narration of a text written by the artist and presented in three languages: Arabic, Urdu and English.
Artist's Garden: ‘Desert is a Forest' by Namrata Neog and Sunoj D
Location: Creekside, between galleries 2 and 3
On view until September 4, 2022
Jameel Arts Centre's Artist's Garden commission awarded to Namrata Neog and Sunoj D's 'Desert is a Forest' explores the entangled relationship between humans, animals and the flora and fauna within the UAE landscape. The plant species grown in the Artist's Garden are indigenous to the UAE and tell the story of their traditional uses as food and medicine, offering a means to explore local plant ecology and nutritional habits.
Art Jameel Shop
The Art Jameel Shop this year presents a special thematic selection of gift items, children's books, ceramics, artisanal incense burners, money envelopes to collect all the Eid cash, and cookbooks with inspiration for culinary creations that will spice up iftar and suhoor tables.
Available in the flagship shop at Dubai's contemporary art museum, Jameel Arts Centre, and online, with worldwide delivery.
The Art Jameel Shop is home for all that's current in contemporary art, design, architecture and culture – Shop here. Support art everywhere. To browse the full range of offerings, check the Art Jameel Shop online
Jameel Arts Center, Ground Floor
Bakery: 8 am - 4 pm; breakfast: 8 am - 2 pm; Bistronomy Menu: 10 am - 4 pm and 6 pm - 11:30 pm; closed on Tuesdays
The Jameel's newly-opened, locally-sourced, no-waste, seasonal-dining bakery and restaurant, Teible, introduces new dishes served throughout the Holy Month as part of its a la carte style, all day dining Bistronomy Menu. Inspired by regional classics, the dishes revisit heritage cuisine with a twist including the traditional quzi, the scrumptious moutabal and a heavenly dessert made out of a variety of local dates paired with made-in-house buttermilk ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Teible's Ramadan dishes are served daily (except Tuesdays, when the restaurant is closed).
Additionally, Teible offers limited-edition pastry boxes, available to pre-order for Eid from April 23 to 29