House 15

XVA Gallery is one of the leading galleries in the Middle East that specializes in contemporary art from the Arab world, Iran, and the Subcontinent. Exhibitions focus on works by the region's 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, such as Art Basel Hong Kong, SH Contemporary, Singapore Art Fair and Abu Dhabi Art, in order to further expose Middle Eastern contemporary art.

XVA Gallery and XVA Art Hotel are located in Dubai’s heritage district, now called Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood. XVA founded and organized the Bastakiya Art Fair from 2007- 2010 as part of its commitment to raising the profile of contemporary art practice in Dubai.

Enheduanna's LETTER

‘Enheduanna's Letter’, a solo installation by Halim Al Karim.
February 24th – March 31st, 2023

The current collection is about hidden messages and symbols between the lines. These messages are imbued with the necessary revelations to guide a person's soul to comprehend what he or she should do to complete their mission.

Artist Statement

Enheduanna's Letter encompasses portraits of sentimental letters hidden in the orbits of history, sent from Priestess Enheduanna to all exiled souls in the new world. Enheduanna's letter urges the exiled souls to prove a disjunction between historical events and the way they are ultimately recalled. Reinterpreting iconic art works and undermining traditional conceptual, and cultural boundaries of human history increases our ability to empathize and connect with our exiled souls.

Witnessing Us

“Witnessing Us”, a solo exhibition by Solimar Miller
January 25th – March 3rd, 2023

Curatorial Statement

“Witnessing us” reflects Solimar’s yearning to connect with the environment's trees, plants, and wild botanicals to examine the connection between humans and their interactions with nature; throughout the past, present, and future. With her drawings, paintings, photography, and silkscreen artworks, Miller documents the wild botanicals as living witnesses of Earth. In many of her artworks, she overlaps the trees and the branches of different species to demonstrate how vital communication is to their existence, as well as illustrate how the branches of trees and plants grow in intentional directions towards a fragrant fruit or blossom.

“Every day I supply oxygen for up to four people. Do you think I am worth saving?” – A Tree


Lecture on: Modern Arab Art at XVA hosted by the curator at Barjeel Art Foundation
Date: 25th of February
Time: 11 am