5 to See: This Weekend

5 to See: This Weekend

From innovative 21st century software to pioneering post-war photography, this selection of international prizes, group and solo shows holds up a mirror to a changing society, addressing global environmental shifts, gender identity and race.

Shirin Neshat, Gem Museum for Contemporary Art, The Hague

Exploring position of women in Iranian society whilst addressing the relationship between Islam and the West, Neshat’s (b. 1957) photography and film work bridges the spaces between perceived boundaries. This show presents the Women of Allah series (1993-1997) alongside four video works, each responding to ideas of freedom and public and private life. From 27 October.

The Hepworth Prize for Sculpture, The Hepworth Wakefield

This exhibition presents sculpture by shortlisted artists Michael Dean, Mona Hatoum, Phillip Lai, Magali Reus and Cerith Wyn Evans. Featured here is Hatoum’s Hot Spot, a steel globe illuminated by red neon. The work suggest a variety of interpretations – from highlighting global warming to political unrest. Until 20 January.

Claude Samuel Zanele, FOMU, Antwerp

Collating photography by three socially responsive practitioners –  Claude Cahun (1894-1954), Samuel Fosso (b. 1962) and Zanele Muholi (b.1972) – FOMU’s collection holds up a mirror to the world, investigating issues of politics, gender and identity. Shown here is a portrait by Muholi, a visual activist who addresses personal and cultural perceptions of race. Until 10 February.

Dan Holdsworth: Continuous Topography, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland

By using drones, lasers and military software, Holdsworth maps the impact of humanity’s intervention into the natural world. His works explore the contours of Alpine glaciers and rock formations, revealing a landscape in a perpetual state of change. Presenting Europe’s landscapes from a new, scientific perspectives, the 3D images redefine the sublime. Until 6 January.

Toujours Paris, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica

Documenting the world through the lens of the 1930s French Humanist Movement, Peter Fetterman Gallery pulls together pieces by iconic photographers including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Louis Stettner and Martine Franck. The artists capture the everyday lived experience of the post-war era, witnessing the individuals and traditions that defined the landscape. From 27 October.

1. Zanele Muholi, Zinzi and Tozama II – Serie Being, 2007 © Zanele Muholi
2. Shirin Neshat, Rapture Series, 1999. Photograph taken by Larry Barns. © Shirin Neshat. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels.
3. Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot (stand) (detail) 2018. Photo © White Cube (Ollie Hammick).
4. Zanele Muholi, Ntozakhe II, Parktown, 2016. Courtesy of Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York.
5. Image by Dan Holdsworth.
6. Martine Franck,Swimming Pool Designed by Alain Capeilleres, Le Brusc, Var, France. 1976