25/05/2023 - 17/06/2023
Contemporary - Painting
Nada Elkalaawy - Cabinet of Curiosities
"In her first UK solo exhibition, Nada Elkalaawy uses painting to visualise a dialogue between dolls, statues and women. Rooted in a formal preoccupation with figuration, Cabinet of Curiosities alludes to the collecting of objects. These objects appear in Elkalaawy’s paintings as human and non-human, living and non-living.
This exhibition itself is representative of Elkalaawy’s own cabinet of curiosities; a partly real and mostly fictitious microcosm of histories, a collection of ideas, an archive of images and narratives extracted from memories.
The relations between these objects can be analysed to reveal certain fetishes, passions, and obsessions. Elkalaawy also uses the motif of putti - a cherubic figure seen in paintings of the Renaissance and Baroque period - to explore the personification of emotion, of making the ethereal visible. How do we give an image to our deepest desires?"
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