Book Launch - 'Dubai: Behind the Scenes' by Jalal Abuthina

What is it? The launch of new book 'Dubai: Behind the Scenes' by Jalal Abuthina. There will also be a talk with the photographer.Date: January 22nd, 5-6pm Location: Kinokuniya (Book World), Dubai Mall. Free Admission.

The Capsule Arts team can't wait to get our hands on this new book, 'Dubai Behind the Scenes', by Dubai-based photographer, Jalal Abuthina, which launches this weekend at Kinokuniya. 

One of 3 books that are part of the "Inside Dubai" (@insidedubai) collection, "Dubai Behind the Scenes" (DBTS) is a  photographic account of contemporary city life in Dubai that has been produced as a counter-narrative to the city's ever popular image of opulence, modern architectural marvels and headlining superlatives.

Captured and compiled by photographer and long-time Dubai expat Jalal Abuthina (@lazyretina), DBTS is an in-depth photographic journey through the streets of Dubai's original downtown areas of Deira, Bur Dubai, and Karama. This 210 page visual narrative is an incomparable look into the more humane and under celebrated side of the city and it's residents, and is presented in an engaging and educational style that is a true eye opener for tourists and newer expats to the city.

DBTS also features an introductory foreword and historical account of the city by renowned urban historian and author Yasser Elsheshtawy , Associate Professor of Architecture at United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain. Elsheshtawy, who has recently been appointed to curate the UAE Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, has written extensively about the circumstances and dynamics surrounding Dubai's rapid urbanization. His blog, "dubaization", has been hailed by The Guardian as one of the best city blogs in the world. All text in DBTS has been translated into Arabic and Russian.

There will be forthcoming launches later this year for the other two titles in the Inside Dubai series: 'The Best of Dubai Shop Names' and 'Memories of Satwa'.

Read more about Jalal's motivation behind the Inside Dubai books in this recent National article. Discover more of Jalal's photos on Instagram @InsideDubai

Some of our favourite glimpses into life behind the scenes in Dubai...


Kathryn Ryan | A Quiet Place : Paintings & Drawings 1995 - 2015

Capsule Arts artist Kathryn Ryan is the subject of a new survey exhibition opening on 18 July, 6pm, at the Warrnambool Art Gallery in her native Australia.

Kathryn was based in the UAEfrom 2008 - 2014 and is now currently dividing her time between Dubai and Australia. The upcoming exhibition brings together works from her time living in the UAE alongside her landscape paintings of the vast Australian landscape, and spans her artistic practice from 1995 - 2015.

Bluestone Magazine recently published an article on Kathryn's studio practice and upcoming survey exhibition, A Quiet Place, which you can read now here.

Kathryn is inspired by the quality of light, mood and atmosphere found in her surroundings. While in Australia, she has spent many years painting the South Victorian landscapes, with the gnarled and wintry trees serving as a source of inspiration

In Dubai the focus of her practice changed from expansive landscape views to the intimate details of nature, light and shadow found in her local environment, from the plant life to the intricately patterned shadows cast by ornate Arabic lanterns.  She explains: "I was searching for the beauty in nature in urban Dubai".

Capsule Arts offers a range of limited edition art prints of Kathryn's works made in the UAE, all available to buy online HERE.