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Tue, 09 May


Alserkal Avenue Warehouse 58

Nooks of Power

Nooks of Power
Nooks of Power

Time & Location

09 May, 9:00 am – 12 June, 11:50 pm

Alserkal Avenue Warehouse 58, 17th St - Al Quoz - Al Quoz Industrial Area 1 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

About the Event

Tashkeel is delighted to present "Nooks of Power" , a solo exhibition by Sophiya Khwaja. This exhibition marks the completion of Sophiya’s journey on the Tashkeel Critical Practice Programme (CPP), mentored by Salima Hashmi and Dawn Ross. ‘Nooks of Power’ is Sophiya’s first solo exhibition in the UAE.

The artist has spent the last 18 months in self-reflection, weeding out mental junk and triggering a reset of her practice. For most of this journey, she has worked in a fluid way, pushing the boundaries of drawing by both playing with size and technique.

‘Nooks of Power’ aims to investigate the ways in which humans acquire, hoard and unleash authoritative power, with Sophiya dissecting herself as ‘Specimen No.1’. Divided into five distinct series, the works are all executed on paper using techniques from pastels to digital prints, employing acrylics, thread, collage, tea-wash and gouache. Each series is accompanied by a short explanatory text by the artist presented on the adjacent wall or incorporated within the work. These stories depict scenarios that were playing in Sophiya’s mind while creating the work in her studio.

Launched in 2014, the Tashkeel Critical Practice Programme offers sustained studio support, critique, mentorship and production to UAE-based artists. Alumni: Afra Bin Dhaher, Vikram Divecha, Hadeyeh Badri, Raja’a Khalid, Lantian Xie, Debjani Bhardwaj, Jalal Bin Thaneya, Silvia Hernando Álvarez, Chafa Ghaddar, Mays Albaik, Hamdan Buti Al Shamsi, Hind Mezaina, Nora Zeid, Shamma Al Amri and Shazia Salam.


Exhibition-related Activities

Artist-led Exhibition Guided Tour - 14 May 2023

11 am – 12 pm

12 – 1 pm

In Conversation: Sophiya Khwaja - 17 May 2023

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Artist-led Exhibition Guided Tour - 21 May 2023

11 am – 12 pm

12 – 1 pm

Workshop: The Charcoal Universe - 21 May 2023

3 – 5 pm

After studying printmaking from the National College of Arts Lahore, Sophiya Khwaja attended the Rhode Island School of Design on a Fulbright scholarship for her MFA. She taught printmaking at her alma mater, National College of Arts as an Assistant Professor for a number of years while simultaneously producing and exhibiting her own studio work. Sophiya’s work can be found at the RISD Museum, UNESCO, Yale University Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Duoro Biennial Printmaking collection

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