Susan Hefuna’s exhibition Patience is Beautiful is an exploration of self expression, identity and displacement as the artist explores her German-Egyptian heritage through works in wood, bronze, textiles and drawings.
The mashrabiya has always been a prominent feature in Hefuna’s work, eliciting ideas of displacement and longing. A fundamental part of Islamic architecture, the mashrabiya was made to protect the interior from heat and light, and improve the circulation of air whilst simultaneously protecting women from public view and allowing an interaction of sorts with the outside world. In Hefuna’s work, the mashrabiya becomes a symbol, the state of being simultaneously included and excluded by both society and self-imposed ‘rules’.
This exhibition has been generously supported by Deutsche Bank.