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Dubai, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Art Week brings together Dubai’s thriving creative industries into a week-long celebration of arts and culture.

XVA Gallery


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XVA Gallery

  • XVA Gallery Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, Bur Dubai Dubai UAE (map)

Redemptive Narratives and Migrating Patterns

“This selection of works consists of works on paper and oil paintings on gesso panel. They are worked, reworked and occasionally destroyed. These works take on questions and ideas of how to reveal the figure as a psycho/emotional being, and how to depict "a state of being" rather than making objective portraits of the figure.  The canvas becomes a place of self examination; “a mirror of inclusion”, a place to contextualize the self and establish an identity.  The central figure appears as an archetype rather than a literal attempt at self portraiture, as if I am attempting to depict myself from the inside out, starting with how it feels to be me, or rather, how it feels to be human. “

-Samira Abbassy



Established in 2003, XVA is one of the leading galleries in the Middle East that specialises in contemporary art from the Arab world, Iran and the Subcontinent. Exhibitions focus on works by the regions foremost artists as well as those emerging onto the scene. The gallery’s artists express their different cultural identities and perspectives while challenging the viewer to drop prejudices and borders. XVA Gallery exhibits both locally and internationally: collaborating with galleries and participating in international art fairs in order to further expose Middle Eastern contemporary art.

Event Information:

11 March - 25 May 2017

Location: Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, Bur Dubai

Open: Sundays to Saturdays, 10:00 - 18:00

04 353 5383



Image caption:

Samira Abbassy, When Her Tears Put out the Fire I, 2016 Oil on gesso panel, 122 x 91 cm

Earlier Event: March 11
Gallery 76
Later Event: March 12
Total Arts at the Courtyard