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4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life Ocula Report 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale: Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life 15 Feb 2019 : Natalie King for Ocula

'Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off.' Marlene Dumas' poetic and sensual refrain accompanies her figurative watercolours on view in Possibilities for a Non-Alienated Life, the fourth edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) in the southern state of Kerala, India (12 December 2018–29 March 2019).Dumas' new series...

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Ellen Altfest Ocula Conversation Ellen Altfest

The paintings of Ellen Altfest are ethereal in their detail. Fields of minutiae come together as pulsating images; small brushstrokes of oil paint accumulate over a series of months to single out seemingly innocuous subjects, such as a hand resting atop patterned fabric (The Hand, 2011) or a deep green cactus reaching upwards from beneath a bed of...

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Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance Ocula Report Colomboscope 2019: Cross Currents and Dissonance 8 Feb 2019 : Nada Raza for Ocula

On the rooftop of the former Rio Hotel complex in Colombo, it was hard to ignore the high-rise buildings, still under construction, blocking all but a sliver of what used to be an open view over Slave Island, once an island on Beira Lake that housed slaves in the 19th century, and now a downtown suburb. The hotel was set alight during the...

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Hoda Tawakol

b. 1968, United Kingdom

Born in London and raised primarily in Paris, Hoda Tawakol is a Franco-Egyptian artist who currently lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. She graduated in 2011 from the class of Andreas Slominski and Professor Micheal Diers at the University of Fine Arts (HfbK) in Hamburg.

Tawakol's broad 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 the feminist movement of the 1970s that revived the medium as a critical and discursive practice embedded in the history of women's knowledge and labour. The artist's research focuses on traditional ritual practices and imagery associated with those pivotal transitional and transformative moments in a woman's life. Her work attempts to deconstruct symbols and archetypes that beset female agency.

Through the variety and compositional complexity of her aesthetic interventions such as in her large-scale textile collages, Tawakol in her work, touches on the boundary between the extreme figuration of personal identities and their dissolution, even to the point of disintegration. In taking up such forms in her series of aquarelles, Tawakol is interested in relating formal aesthetic concerns to societal issues, especially to those of a gender-specific nature.

Hoda Tawakol's work has been exhibited in numerous institutions and galleries in Germany, including Lothringer 13 in Munich, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art in Bremen, RElíGIO Westfälisches Museum für religiöse Kultur in Telgte, Kunstverein and Kunsthaus in Hamburg, Wiensowski & Harbord and Ph-Projects gallery in Berlin; and internationally at Sfeir-Semler gallery in Lebanon, Beton Art Space in Denmark and at 10th Velada Santa Lucía in Venezuela. Her work appears in the following collections: The Progressive Art Collection (USA), Sammlung Haus N of Gunda & Peter Niemann (Germany), SØR Rusche (Germany), and Sohst-Brennenstuhl (Germany).

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Featured Artworks

When the Dates Turn Red # 8 by Hoda Tawakol contemporary artwork Hoda TawakolWhen the Dates Turn Red # 8, 2015 Frame, fabric, wadding, thread and pins
62 x 19 x 10 cm
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde
Falconry Hood #31 by Hoda Tawakol contemporary artwork Hoda TawakolFalconry Hood #31, 2014 Fabric, Styrofoam and thread
34 x 27 x 28 cm
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde
When the Dates Turn Red #9 by Hoda Tawakol contemporary artwork Hoda TawakolWhen the Dates Turn Red #9, 2017 Fabric, dye, wadding and thread
290 x 140 x 40 cm
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde
Jungle #1 by Hoda Tawakol contemporary artwork Hoda TawakolJungle #1, 2018 Fabric, wadding, thread, metal and wood
220 x 350 x 25 cm
Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Hoda Tawakol, When the Dates Red at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai
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12 November 2018–3 January 2019 Hoda Tawakol When the Dates Red Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai

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