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    Bokja; And Then There Were None

Bokja's crafty Arab Spring inspired textiles are oddly compelling

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Of all the creative responses to the Arab Spring, this is certainly one of the more unusual. Bierut-based duo Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri – who work collectively as Bokja – created a set of “tactile spheres” representing leading figures from across the centuries who had fallen from power. There’s some incredible hand-embroidering on show – from Marie Antoinette to Colonel Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein to a Team America-style Kim Jong-Il – as well as some more allegorical renderings of the situations in Syria and Palestine. It’s all rather strange but also oddly compelling – seeing these figures who once inspired so much fear reduced to textile satires – and the craft is undoubtedly impressive from a duo who are well at home working with traditional materials and techniques.

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.