“DELICIOUS MONSTER” BY HODA TAWAKOL AT RUTTKOWSKI;68

Hoda Tawakol works mainly with fabric; dyes, shapes and fills it, turning it simultaneously into artwork and canvas, projection surface and content. In their form, color and sensual materiality, the works develop a high symbolic power that takes up elements from botany and physicality and embeds them in an intercultural context.

Hoda Tawakol, Delicious Monster, exhibition view. Photos: Mareike Tocha
Hoda Tawakol, Delicious Monster, exhibition view. Photos: Mareike Tocha

Tawakol presents her first solo exhibition Delicious Monster at Ruttkowski;68 in Düsseldorf. The exhibited work originates from different series, addresses the female body and its ambivalent perception in patriarchal structures.

Hoda Tawakol, Delicious Monster #15, 2022. Fabric, wadding, thread, 250 x 520 x 150 cm. Photos: Mareike Tocha
Hoda Tawakol, Delicious Monster #15, 2022. Fabric, wadding, thread, 250 x 520 x 150 cm. Photos: Mareike Tocha

Delicious Monster, an enormous monstera deliciosa dominating the room, precisely spans this ambivalent space, evoking a juxtaposition of contrary feelings, from fascination and threat to attraction and fear. It plays with the viewer’s associations, recalling longings and abundance, power and manipulation.

Hoda Tawakol Mummy #23, 2022. Nylons, fabric, rice, resin, 31 x 19 x 17 cm. Photos: Mareike Tocha
Hoda Tawakol Mummy #23, 2022. Nylons, fabric, rice, resin, 31 x 19 x 17 cm. Photos: Mareike Tocha

Mummies, cocoon-like bodies of nylons filled with rice – wrapped, pulled, mummified – construct a bodily presence that makes transformation, distortion and control visible.

Hoda Tawakol, Nudes #31, 2020. Nylons, fabric, rice, resin, 33 x 25 x 15 cm. Photos: Mareike Tocha
Hoda Tawakol, Nudes #31, 2020. Nylons, fabric, rice, resin, 33 x 25 x 15 cm. Photos: Mareike Tocha

The Nudes series – created in similar materiality and technique – counter this by an empowered yet reduced corporeality.

Hoda Tawakol, Delicious Monster, exhibition view. Photos: Mareike Tocha
Hoda Tawakol, Delicious Monster, exhibition view. Photos: Mareike Tocha

Wall-filling fabric sculptures of date palm trees, which are of high symbolic and physical value in eastern cultures, refers to gender fluidity, motherhood and its life-giving characteristics. The multifaceted textile and bodily landscapes raise questions and irritation throughout the exhibition, while presenting unique aesthetics that can be perceived throughout the own bodily constitution.

Hoda Tawakol, Delicious Monster, exhibition view. Photos: Mareike Tocha
Hoda Tawakol, Delicious Monster, exhibition view. Photos: Mareike Tocha

The exhibition is on view until the 10th of July, 2022.

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