08/09/2023 - 23/09/2023

Contemporary - Painting

Shadi Al-Atallah - Fistfight

Tue-Sat: 11-6pm

'Fistfight' explores the visceral and psychological nature of violence through the lens of mythology and storytelling.

In the chaos of violence and destruction, the physical distinctions between each of Al-Atallah’s figures starts to disintegrate. Here, wrestling becomes a brutal, but cathartic, form of quasi-sexual communion as grappling bodies blend and genitalia fuses together. As a result, Al-Atallah’s painted forms are disruptive; they embody a non-normative, boundary-pushing ambiguity.


Hackney Downs Unit 2 Sidings House, 10 Andre Street, Hackney E8 2AA