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Radical Love, Female-lust Exhibition, Gallery X


I am reading some Arabic poems written by historical, female Arabic poets, as part of the Radical Love Exhibition in Gallery X. It is fantastic to be part of an event that shows off Arabic women throughout history writing erotic poems and not being afraid to show their lust.

Come along to see their poems; as well as the art of contemporary Arabic women who’ve responded to it, and enjoy listening to both the Arabic poems and their English translations read by me – a half Libyan woman.

“Radical Love #femalelust
Female Arab poets long ago inspiring female artists now

Curated by Róisín O’Loughlin
10-26 November 2017
Preview on 9 November at 6PM

After a successful run at the Crypt Gallery, London and at the Women of the World Festival, Radical Love #FemaleLust comes to Dublin’s GalleryX in November.

Frustrated with the burial of female voices across history, we found inspiration in those that rang out loud and proud across the Arab world over 1,000 years ago. These female poets challenge preconceptions of faith, class and the female experience long ago; they capture what it is to relish life and living.

“I urge you to come faster than the wind, to mount my breast and firmly dig and plough my body and don’t let go until you’ve flushed me thrice.”

Women across the globe, from Ireland to Palestine to Peru, Syria to Saudi Arabia, received these poems and responded with paintings, photography, sculpture, even stained glass.

Radical Love #FemaleLust showcases their artworks alongside the breathtaking poems that inspired them, full of longing and lust, pride and defiance, all sublime in their intensity.

Profits from Sales of Artworks are split between the artists and The Global Fund for Women helping Syrian Refugees.

The exhibition will be open for Dublin Gallery Weekend with a special concert by Palestinian jazz musician Ruba Shamshoun on 26 November at 3PM.”

Exhibition intro text and image Reference:
Galleryxie. 2017. Galleryxie. [Online]. [21 November 2017]. Available from:
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