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Check out th­ese art and de­sign ex­hi­bi­tions also on show in the city

Mar­wan Rech­maoui: Slanted Squares

What does in­fra­struc­ture say about the state of a city, of a coun­try? Artist Mar­wan Rech­maoui ex­plores Le­banon’s history through its con­struc­tion sites and struc­tures. The ex­hi­bi­tion at Shar­jah Art Foun­da­tion fea­tures three bod­ies of work that in­ves­ti­gate our re­la­tion­ship to the ur­ban land­scape. Us­ing in­dus­trial ma­te­ri­als such as con­crete, rub­ber and glass, Rech­maoui cre­ates totem-like struc­tures that look like build­ing frag­ments and func­tions as objects to con­tem­plate the mak­ings of ur­ban ar­chae­ol­ogy. Un­til Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 2; Shar­jah Art Foun­da­tion; www.shar­ja­hart.org

Fashcul­ti­vate

Seven de­sign­ers have taken in­spi­ra­tion from the date palm, a sym­bol of tra­di­tion in the Emi­rates. Com­mis­sioned by 1971 – De­sign Space, the works in­clude tex­tile in­stal­la­tions and cou­ture gar­ments. Fashcul­ti­vate cel­e­brates the prac­ti­cal use and sym­bolic sig­nif­i­cance of the plant. It is co-cu­rated by fash­ion de­signer Khu­lood Thani and gallery head Fatma Al Mah­moud, who have col­lab­o­rated with ar­chi­tect and aca­demic San­dra Piesik to de­velop re­search on the date palm and the ma­te­ri­als that can be de­vel­oped from it.

Un­til Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 8; 1971 – De­sign Space; www.1971de­sign.ae

Sun­set, Sun­rise

This is Monir Shahroudy Far­man­far­ma­ian’s first ma­jor ret­ro­spec­tive in the re­gion, with 70 works that span the Ira­nian artist’s six-decade ca­reer. By trac­ing the pro­gres­sion of her prac­tice, from her 1970s sculp­tures to her rare col­lages from the 1980s and a num­ber of her fi­nal draw­ings, the show of­fers vis­i­tors a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the themes and tech­niques she be­came known for. Her pop­u­lar mir­ror mo­saics are on view, along with works that are be­ing shown to the pub­lic for the first time. Un­til Satur­day, De­cem­ber 28; Al Ham­riyah Stu­dios, Shar­jah Art Foun­da­tion; www.shar­ja­hart.org

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