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Hawazin Al-Otaibi
Soft Whispers

Opens 13 May 2022
Private View 17 May 2022 6-9pm
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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, 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 of both Christianity and Islam.

The exhibition will take the form of a site specific installation and will be accompanied by a celebratory shisha event during London Gallery Weekend.

Curated by Lucia Rios Gonzalez

Install view

Dreamy, 2021
41x68 cm
Experimental printing and acrylic on canvas

Sparks, 2022
Experimental printing and acrylic on canvas
Animated mapping via projector

Pearly 2022
65x45 cm
experimental printing and acrylic on canvas

All around me 2022
25x35 cm
Experimental printing and acrylic on canvas

Thinking of You II,2022
35x30 cm
Experimental printing and acrylic on canvas

Mystical, 2022
65x45 cm
Experimental printing and acrylic on canvas

Reflected, 2022
Experimental printing and acrylic on canvas

Selected Press
London Gallery Weekend - Evening Standard feature
The Art Newspaper Feature
Nation News: Five international highlights of London Gallery Weekend: Saudi artist to Indian artworks
Artnet Feature