Silent Voices in a Palm Grove

25 March – 11 June 2023

Opening: 24. March, 7 PM

For the Dortmunder Kunstverein’s new exhibition space, Egyptian-French artist Hoda Tawakol (*1968 in London, lives in Hamburg) creates an installation of large-format textile sculptures which turn the Kunstverein - also figuratively - into an oasis: In a textile palm grove, hair costumes of female warriors encounter human-sized hawk masks that are normally used for shielding the animal’s view from external stimuli.

Tawakol's works plunge the viewer into a world oscillating between sensuality and brutality and deal with questions of body and identity. They refer to North African culture and traditions, to hybrid states and to the ambiguity of language and signs, thus creating an awareness of the relations of gaze between people as well as between people and objects or people and works of art.

Silent voices in a Palm Grove is the artist's first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. She studied fine arts with Andreas Slominski at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg. Her works have been presented internationally, for instance in exhibitions at the Museum for Art in Wood, Philadelphia (2023) and Kunsthalle Schirn, Frankfurt am Main (2020).


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