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Born in London in 1968 and raised primarily in Paris, Hoda Tawakol is a Franco-Egyptian artist who lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. She completed her studies in 2011 in the class of Andreas Slominski and Prof. Micheal Diers at the University of Fine Arts (HfbK) in Hamburg. Tawakol’s international background and Egyptian roots are foundational themes to her practice. She explores imageries of the Middle East and relates them to women, their role within society, their bodies and their desires. She revisits tradition and challenges it in a cross-cultural context. Her work has been exhibited in a number of exhibitions in Germany and the Middle East, including Immaculate in Galerie im Marstall, On Remote Control 1 in Lothringer 13 in Munich, Nullpunkt aller Orte at the Weserburg Museum of Modern Art in Bremen, Hold und mächtig? Das Bild der Mutter in den Kulturen at Religio - Westphalian Museum of Religious Culture in Telgte, Harem as well as Incommunicado at Sfeir-Semler gallery in Hamburg, The freedom of choice at the Kunstverein in Hamburg, Lenigrader Hängung nr. 101 at Ph- Project gallery in Berlin, Index 10 at the Kunsthaus in Hamburg and cut at the Produzentengalerie in Hamburg, along with Behind the window at Sfeir-Semler gallery in Beirut.