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‘Library of the Infinitesimally Small and the Unimaginably Large’ – Barbara Wildenboer
Exhibition Dates: November 15 – December 15, 2020

XVA Gallery is pleased to present “Library of the Infinitesimally Small and the Unimaginably Large”, a solo exhibition by Barbara Wildenboer, showcasing her latest series of collage, photo-, paper- construction and digitally animated photographic sculpture.

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‘The House is on Fire’ – Celina Teague
Exhibition Dates: October 25 – November 14, 2020

XVA Gallery is pleased to present “The House Is On Fire”, a solo exhibition by Celina Teague, comprised of paintings from two ongoing series pivoting around Teague’s personal interest in climate change and environmental catastrophe as well as the mainstream public debate on these increasingly pressing subjects.

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‘The Ocean Refuses No River’ – Naz Shahrokh
Exhibition Dates: February 22 – April 28, 2020

“I believe maps are not just two-dimensional pieces of paper depicting geographies, but are documents that contain untold stories of adventure, promise, memory and hope.”XVA Gallery is pleased to present The Ocean Refuses No River, a Solo exhibition by Naz Shahrokh, focusing on a series of mixed media studies made upon a surface, which originally was a map of the UAE.

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Group Exhibition curated by Anna Seaman: WOLF TONE
Exhibition Dates: 11 January 2020 – 18 February 2020

XVA Gallery is pleased to present Wolf Tone, a group exhibition of seven female artists whose work individually addresses areas of life that are often overlooked or ignored. Curated by guest curator Anna Seaman, the exhibition takes its title from musical theory.

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Mona Saudi: POETIC INSPIRATIONS
Exhibition Dates: 21 November 2019 – 7 January 2020

XVA Gallery is pleased to present Poetic Inspirations, an exhibition of work on paper by Beirut based artist Mona Saudi. The exhibition will focus on works from the Petra Tablets series and the Homage to Mamoud Darwish series.

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Behnoosh Feiz; All About US
Vernissage: September 21, 6pm – 9pm, Exhibition Dates: September 21 – November 02, 2019

XVA Gallery is pleased to announce Behnoosh Feiz’s first solo exhibition in the UAE, All About Us. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday, September 21 2019, from 6pm – 9pm. Behnoosh will be available for interviews and tours by appointment for the duration of the exhibition.

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Richard Ketley; Swahili
Vernissage: April 27, 6pm – 9pm, Exhibition Dates: April 27 – June 26, 2019

XVA Gallery is pleased to announce Richard Ketley’s first solo exhibition at XVA Gallery Swahili. ‘A language, a culture, a coral blue coastline, a style, a palette – a world that joins up my world – Arab and African. That stretches from the Gulf of Hormuz to Northern Mozambique. A world in which I live and over which I fly – a little too regularly. The exhibition in paint and pattern is a response to this world, which combines large works on canvas and smaller works on drafting film and photomontage.’

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Naz Shahrokh; Wish Tree (The Sacred Space Between the No Longer and the Non Yet)
Vernissage: Saturday, March 16, 6pm-9pm , Exhibition Dates: March 3 – May 3, 2019

XVA Gallery is pleased to announce Wish Tree (The Sacred Space Between the No Longer and the Non Yet) an installation by Naz Shahrokh. The work explores the ancient practice of the Wish Tree. This ritual has been explored by many cultures and in many forms where a tree is selected which serves as a wishing well from the coming-from-ness of healing, seeking, and/or communicating with the universe.

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Samira Abbassy: A Night Sea Journey – Imran Channa: Badshahnama
Vernissage: Saturday, March 16, 6pm-9pm , Exhibition Dates: March 16 – April 24, 2019

XVA Gallery is pleased to announce Samira Abbassy’s Glimpses of the Oceanic and Imran Channa’s Badshahnama. The exhibition will focus on two separate bodies of works which share a commonality in genesis.

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Halim Al Karim; Exiles in Hidden Worlds
Vernissage: opening date, 6pm-9pm , Exhibition Dates: March 9 – April 23 2019

XVA Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition Exiles in Hidden Worlds by Halim Al Karim in the main courtyard of XVA. The Photographic exhibition will be accompanied by the installation Anunnaki Secrets by the same artist. This show will run alongside our two person exhibition, Samira Abbassy’s Glimpses of the Oceanic and Imran Channa’s Badshahnama, located in the gallery space, and Naz Shahrokh’s installation piece Wish Tree (The Sacred Space Between the No Longer and the Non Yet.)

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Al Braithwaite, Halona Hilbertz & Jakob Roepke; Empathetic Dream Construction
Vernissage: Saturday January 12, 6pm-9pm , Exhibition Dates: January 12 – March 5 2019

In this group exhibition XVA Gallery presents sculpture, collage and painting by British artist Al Braithwaite, American artist Halona Hilbertz, and German artist Jakob Roepke.

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Katia Al Tal; Elysian
Exhibition Dates: December 12 2018 – January 8 2019

XVA Gallery is pleased to present Elysian, a solo show by Katia Al Tal. A sculptor at heart, it came naturally to Al Tal to work with clay and produce Nuwa Creations ceramics; a series of practical everyday objects that are pure of colour and line; delicate but sturdy and completely sculptural.

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Full Moon Rising; Mukesh Shah
Exhibition Dates: October 27 – November 04, 2018

XVA Gallery is pleased to present Full Moon Rising, Mukesh Shah’s second solo exhibition since joining the gallery. His unique visual language is apparent in the abstract inner landscapes which explore that contemplative state which may loosely be described as kind of blue. The works are organic and tactile in the use of paper, cardboard and gauze in the compositions. The title ‘Kind of Blue’ of works references the iconic jazz album recorded in 1959 by Miles Davis.

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Ordinary Geniuses; Alikhaan Abdollahi, Kazem Ezi, Salim Karami, Mahmood Khan, Davood Koochaki, Zabihollah Mohammadi & Reza Shafahi
Curated By Morteza Zahedi
Vernissage: Saturday, September 8, 6pm – 9pm, Exhibition Dates: September 8 – October 16, 2018

XVA Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming group exhibition Ordinary Geniuses, bringing together the work of 7 Outsider artists through the mediums of painting, drawing and sculpture, and curated by Iranian artist Morteza Zahedi.

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Colleen Quigley; THE REMARKABLE RESILIENCE OF SYMBOLS
Vernissage: Saturday, April 21, 6pm-9pm, Exhibition Dates: April 21 – May 23, 2018

XVA Gallery presents Colleen Quigley’s solo exhibition, The Remarkable Resilience of Symbols. Artist Colleen Quigley’s new body of work incorporates patterns and decorative symbols from the urban landscape of Dubai, including the historical district of Al Fahidi in Bur Dubai. The exhibit focuses on the flow and transformation of design patterns and raises the question about the fixing of an identity of diverse elements of material culture that transform themselves in surprising ways across time and space.

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Dia Batal; Between Lands and Seas
Exhibition Dates: 17 March – 18 April 2018

Between Lands and Seas is Dia Batal’s first solo exhibition in Dubai; it features recent and never before seen artworks. The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday, March 17, from 6pm – 9pm. The opening will coincide with the opening of the Sikka Art Fair, also located in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.

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Gazmend Kalemi & Miriam Humer – Interlud
Exhibition Dates: 11 January – 4 March 2018

XVA Gallery welcomes back husband and wife, Gazmend Kalemi and Miriam Humer, for their second joint exhibition in Dubai. The artists will present separate bodies of work that have been developed side by side. Through their practice they explore concepts that interlock and weave apart, they ask questions, challenge, and support one another, as ideas take shape and become more apparent.

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Azad Nanakeli; Highlighted Memory
Vernissage: 13 November, 6pm-9pm, Exhibition Dates: 13 November 2017 – 9 January 2018

XVA Gallery is pleased to announce Azad Nanakeli’s first solo exhibition in Dubai. The Iraqi artist will show works of a variety of mediums; painting, photography, video and installation.

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Arezu & Sarvenaz Farsian; Net Worth
Vernissage: 23 September, 6pm-9pm, Exhibition Dates: 23 September 2017 – 24 October 2017

Through Arezu’s That Obscure Object – Redefined, a continuation of the photographic series That Obscure Object, the audience witnesses an expression of frustration and defiance by the artist, in her attempt to redefine the meaning of “object” in reference to the female form.

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Rohan Khanna: Sensations of Space
Exhibition Dates: 25 May 2017 – 26 June 2017

XVA Gallery is pleased to announce Sensations of Space, emerging artist Rohan Khanna’s first solo exhibition at XVA Gallery. The exhibition will present both small and large-scale paintings on canvas.

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Art Bahrain Across Borders 2017
Exhibition Dates: 22nd March – 26th March 2017

XVA Gallery is pleased to announce it’s inaugural year participating in Art Bahrain Across Borders, Bahrain’s foremost contemporary art fair, where we will present a solo booth by Mukesh Shah.

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Samira Abbassy: Redemptive Narratives and Migrating Patterns
Vernissage: 11th March, 6pm-9pm, Exhibition Dates: 11th March 2017 – 25th May 2017

XVA Gallery is pleased to announce Redemptive Narratives and Migrating Patterns, the second solo show of Samira Abbassy at XVA. The exhibition will present works on paper and oil paintings on gesso panel, from 2002 to 2016.

Abbassy describes her work as an excavation of art history and an exploration of the Self; a form of autobiographical self-portraiture that draws from tradition, history and culture, whilst simultaneously offering contemporary ideas and reminders to the viewer.

The exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday the 11th of March 2017, from 6pm – 9pm. Abbassy will be available for interviews and tours from the 10th – 18th of March.

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Wissam Shawkat: Inside/Outside
Vernissage: 28th January, 6pm-9pm Exhibition Dates: 28th January – 7th March 2017

XVA Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Wissam Shawkat at XVA Gallery. Iraqi born, Dubai based, Shawkat is known for his conceptual calligraphic style works. The exhibition will present a collection of Shawkat’s most recent works on paper and linen, a continuation of a series that marked his departure from traditional calligraphy and made his introduction to the Middle Eastern contemporary art scene.

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Simeen Farhat Word Chimes; Meaning in Movements
Exhibition Dates: 10 December 2016 – 24th January 2017

XVA Gallery is pleased to announce Words Chimes; Meaning in Movements, the upcoming solo show of Simeen Farhat. Pakistani born Simeen Farhat describes her work as a record of her own evolution, in that art is synonymous with life.

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Mahmoud Hamadani: Fugues

XVA is pleased to announce Fugues, the next solo show of Mahmoud Hamadani at XVA Gallery. The exhibition presents works on paper from the ongoing series Requiem, Traces and Odes.

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Tor Seidel: Just a Look

XVA is pleased to announce the second solo show of Tor Seidel in Dubai entitled Just a Look. The exhibition presents a compilation of images from his book The Dubai, edited at Hatje Cantz 2014, and new unseen images from his next book project.

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IN BETWEEN – MUKESH SHA

Mukesh Shah was born in Aden, Yemen, and educated at Eton and Cambridge. IN BETWEEN at XVA Gallery is his first solo exhibition, having begun as a self-taught visual artist in 2010 in London. He currently lives in Dubai.

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WATCHING AND CARING – OUTSIDER ART SHOW AT XVA GALLERY
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Alikhaan Abdollahi & Mohammad Ariyaei: Watching and Caring
Exhibition Dates: April 30th – June 7th, 2016
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Morteza Zahedi: Toy Story 2
Vernissage: March 13th, 6pm-9pm Exhibition Dates: March 13th – April 27th, 2016
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Hussein Al-Mohasen: Āyah
February 6th – March 13th, 2016
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Sermin Kardestuncer
Vernissage: December 12th, 6-9pm
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Searching for Optical Wonder Colleen Quigley
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Paint
Exhibition Dates: June 13th – September 1st, 2015
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Gazmend Kalemi & Miriam Humer: Seeds from the Desert Sand
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Halim Al Karim: Chaos
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Samira Abbassy: An Autobiography & Other Confessions
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UnKyung Hur & Shinji Ogawa: In The Water
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Akim Monet: Seeking Al Tawhid in Andalucía
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I Hate My Friends Artists: Charlotte de Bekker, Nino Cricco, Shakhbout Al Kaabi, Nikolai Kozak, Khuood Thani, Agustina Zegers
Curator: Grace Hauser
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Butterflies in my Stomach
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Wild Garden
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RITE OF PASSAGE
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CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER
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Sadeem Collection – Nuwa Creations by Katia Al Tal
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‘Gentle’ by Jonathan Gent
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Morteza Zahedi: Tickle
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Arezu: “Trespassing”
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The XVA Galleries Celebrate Art Month this March
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“Paper” – group exhibition from Anish Kapoor, Walid Siti, Imran Channa, Debjani Bhardwaj, and Mohsen Ahmadvand
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The XVA Gallery to exhibit at the Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair
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XVA Gallery presents Documentary Of Sea
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‘Eternal Love’ by Halim Al Karim
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Walid Siti “Erbil – Dubai: Chasing Utopia”
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XVA Gallery offers a glimpse of a forgotten Pakistan with an arresting exhibition by Imran Channa
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XVA Gallery DIFC announces joint exhibition by emerging iranian artists
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XVA Gallery DIFC celebrates middle eastern contemporary art during Art Dubai week
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‘Hidden Love’ – A Solo Exhibition By Halim Al Karim
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‘Between the lines’ exhibition – XVA celebrates the launch of its new DIFC premises
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XVA is pleased to announce its plans for a new gallery in the prestigious Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
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A JOINT SHOW BY: GHAZAL KHATIBI and MORTEZA ZAHEDI
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MALEKEH NAYINY: “SKETCHES OF A FRACTURED SONG”
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“PROVOCATIONS” by SAMI AL KARIM and JONATON GENT
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TRIO OF EXHIBITIONS: ANOMA, JULIA TOWNSEND AND SUZANNE KANATSIZ
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CAROLIN KROPFF: ‘FATA MORGANA’
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AL BRAITHWAITE: HALL OF MIRRORS
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ABDULNASSER GHAREM: RESTORED BEHAVIOUR
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YAZID OULAB: ‘CONCERNING THE SPIRITUAL IN ART’
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HALIM AL KARIM: ‘BAGHDAD 1920’
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TWO TAKES ON REALITY: RAFAEL MAHDAVI & MANSUR SALIM
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NELDA GILLIAM: UNSPOKEN MARKS, UNSPOKEN WORDS
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