Watch before You Fall: Manal AlDowayan
In this exhibition, the artist looks at symbolism found in books written about women's bodies. Using sculpture, ceramics and fabric, AlDowayan describes this exhibition as "a space that stands between fear and activism, the artworks are symbols of the resilience and fragility of both the context and the artist." She attempts to fragment these symbols and reconstruct them to create a new form, a room full of "healing totems" that alters perception and corrects memory. "My totems will be permanent memorials to stand against the attempt to reduce the complex into simple symbols," says the artist, who was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The forms developed for this collection of artworks are meant to stimulate dialogs about symbolism and feminism in the contexts of religion, politics and media.