The best exhibitions
Ahlam Shibli An exhibition of photographs documenting the life of an artist growing up amongst the political turmoil of the ongoing war in Palestine. Shilibi’s photographs highlight the small everyday dramas that take place, avoiding salacious subjects that are used as apocalyptic wallpaper on our TV screens and newspapers. Dundee Contemporary Arts, until Sun 1 Apr. Read feature
Charlie Hammond New paintings, photographs and sculptures that take a humorous view of the way that the abstracted human form has come to symbolise ‘the primitive other’. Hammond’s excellent wall sculptures and canvases critique the sacrosanct arena of ‘making’; his irreverent photographs document his quick wit. Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow, until Sat 3 Mar.
Trenton Doyle Hancock A large, sprawling exhibition of work by the American artist. Doyle’s installed graphic murals, sculptures and objects form an ongoing fantastical narrative, where characters embodying good and evil fight it out on fur-covered landscapes, where streams of Pepto-Bismol flow betwixt hairy mounds. The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, until Sun 8 Apr.
Jamie Shovlin An ongoing exhibition of drawings, films and photography by the Welsh artist, who has been commissioned to bring new work to the galleries that this show touches down in. Shovlin’s collection of annotated second-hand copies of Darwin’s ‘The Origin of Species’ demonstrate that interpretation and fact rarely converge. Talbot Rice Gallery, The University of Edinburgh, until Thu 10 Mar.