Hawazin Al-Otaibi - Soft Whispers

Hawazin Al-Otaibi - Soft Whispers

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Coinciding with spring’s climax, Saudi artist Hawazin Al-Otaibi will present at Harlesden High Street her solo show Soft Whispers

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Opens 13 May 2022 at 2-7pm

Private View 17 May 2022 6-9pm

Coinciding with spring’s climax, Saudi artist Hawazin Al-Otaibi will present at Harlesden High Street her solo show Soft Whispers, featuring new works from her painting series “Softboi”. This body of work of lavishing vibrant colours and bucolic imagery plays with ironic, non-conforming representations of masculinity in the Arab world.

Al-Otaibi draws her references from early childhood memories of Saudi cultural and religious books on femininity and their aesthetics as well as the symbolism associated with female purity, beauty, chastity and vulnerability. By playfully portraying Saudi men in charming, romanticised scenarios, covered in exuberant flowers and often accompanied by white doves, she reverses and appropriates these inherited notions of gender and ironically refers to religious iconography.

The exhibition will take the form of a site specific installation and will be accompanied by a celebratory shisha event during London Gallery Weekend to bring together local communities and art crowds. Curated by Lucia Rios Gonzalez

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