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LAST CHANCE Hoda Tawakol: When The Dates Turn Red
3 January @ 6.00 pm - 9.00 pmFree
For her first exhibition at GIVDE, Franco-Egyptian artist Hoda Tawakol researched traditional ritual practices and imagery associated with pivotal, transitional and transformative moments in a woman’s ‘cycle of life’.
Tawakol’s practice encompasses hand-dyed and sewn textile pieces, mixed media sculptures, fabric collages, and installations interweaving textures, grids and lattices in addition to works on paper. Her approach to contemporary textile art is deeply rooted in 1970s feminism, especially the revival of the medium as a critical and discursive practice embedded in the history of women’s knowledge and labour. Her work attempts to deconstruct symbols and archetypes that beset female agency.
The exhibition is titled after Tawakol’s group of large-scale representations of palm trees appliquéd on hand-dyed textiles. “Palm trees mean nostalgia to me. The Egypt of the 1940s and 1950s, the glamorous era, the golden age that I didn’t experience. The Montaza Palace of King Farouk and the Corniche of Alexandria, a beauty of the old times, as well as the shores of the river Nile in Luxor that I visited when I was a child … At the same age, my playground in Europe was another kind of ‘palm grove’ I found in the Palmengarten, a botanical garden in Frankfurt in Germany.”
Above: Hoda Tawakol, Jungle #1, 2018