About The Work
The artist’s research-driven works focus on gender issues and traditional ritual practices and imagery associated with the female body. The palm tree, also called the tree of life, has been used as a symbol for life and eternity in many cultures and religions. It is a very positive tree with nourishing and protective aspects; it offers shade, fruits and wood.
In her Palm Tree series, the artist blurs the binary constructions of the tree’s gender as they are one of the rare plants with feminine and masculine designations. The background of the piece is made of hand-dyed fabric, building a grid seemingly regular, yet fragmented. The fruit, or cluster-like shapes made of stuffed and seamed nylon protruding out of the work is tied up to the tree with a thin string in a momentum oscillating between letting go, holding on and tearing up.
Born in London and raised in Paris, Hoda Tawakol is a Franco-Egyptian artist currently living and working in Hamburg, Germany.
Tawakol’s broad practice encompasses hand-dyed and sewn textile pieces, mixed media sculptures, fabric collages and installations in addition to works on paper. Her approach to contemporary textile art is rooted in the feminist movement of the 1970s. Her work attempts to deconstruct symbols and archetypes that obstruct female agency.
Hoda Tawakol’s work has been exhibited in numerous institutions and galleries in Germany and internationally at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde in Dubai, Sfeir-Semler gallery in Beirut, Beton Art Space in Copenhagen and at the 10th Velada Santa Lucia contemporary art festival in Venezuela. Her work appears in the following collections: The Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation (SHF) (Abu Dhabi), The Progressive Art Collection (USA), Huma Kabakci Collection (Turkey, UK), Sammlung Haus N (Germany), SØR Rusche (Germany), and Sohst-Brennenstuhl (Germany).
After establishing B21 Gallery, one of the first contemporary art spaces in the United Arab Emirates, in 2006, Isabelle van den Eynde launched her eponymous space in Dubai's Alserkal Avenue in 2010, representing a pluralistic roster of artists from the Middle East and North Africa. Through exhibitions, book publishing and international fair participation, the gallery prides itself on closely collaborating with its artists to create insightful, and often provocative, presentations that challenge the conventions and ideologies related to the notion of art display and exhibition making.