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Radical Love: Female Lust

February 14, 2017-12:00 pm - March 5, 2017-8:30 pm

46 Female Artists
inspired by Arabic Poetry of Love & Lust

14 February – 5th March 2017
Open daily 12-8.30pm
Private view 13 February

Frustrated with the burial of female voices across history, we found inspiration in those that rang out loud and proud across the Arab world thousands of years ago.

The words of these poets challenge preconceptions of faith, of class, of the female experience long ago; they capture what it is to relish life and living.

‘Female Lust’ showcases these breathtaking poems full of longing and lust, pride and defiance, all sublime in their intensity.

“All lovers wear my castoff clothes and jewels

And gulp down my overspilt drink.

I have raced with lovers at love’s racetrack

And beaten them all at my own pace.”*

Women all over the world, half from Arab and Muslim cultures, are responding to this expression of female sexuality and vitality with art.​

Our show features a mix of emerging and acclaimed female artists from Palestine to Peru, Libya to Lebanon- young Spanish, Egyptian, Latvian, Saudi Arabian and Turkish photographers, painters from Syria, USA, China, British African poets, British Asian illustrators and sculptors from Japan, Egypt and Ireland among many more.

Radical Love: Female Lust is at The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras, NW1 2BA, watched over by the Caryatids protecting this old burial ground.

Profits go the The Global Fund for Women Refugees in Lebanon.


February 14, 2017-12:00 pm
March 5, 2017-8:30 pm
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