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(Hagaat w' Mehtagaat)

Dina Danish


The title comes from a 1993 Egyptian Ramadan TV program, hosted by the famous performer Sherihan. This season the show was called Hagaat we Mehtagaat.

Danish says she has a strong memory of it as a child, its aesthetics has had a great influence on her, especially for this exhibition. 

The words themselves are interesting as, in Arabic, they have the same root.

In the last couple of years, various questions between things and needs have been on the mind of the artist: What do we need and what do we want regarding things? Do we have a need to make things?


Dina Danish reflects upon her own confrontations with the past couple of years: being stuck at home and finding herself seeing one press conference after the other. During this time period, Danish started thinking about crafts, that have long been associated with women and the domestic, such as sewing and embroidery. Suddenly, the domestic around the world was no longer associated with women, but rather with everyone around the world. The exhibition will include sewn works, gouache paints and embossed velvet.

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Melly, Dina Danish

Cloth, thread, appliqué, machine embroidery and sewing



I’ve chosen the strongest images that remained in my mind. One of them is Melania Trump when she was dressed in pink in 2017, giving a speech at the United Nations about bullying , which was highly covered and ridiculed within social media. 

The image of her form for some reason was engraved in my memory and I had associated it to all the other covid press conference.

- Dina Danish

Drive Them Out, Dina Danish

Cloth, thread, acrylic paint, appliqué, machine embroidery and sewing



This work is based on an event that took place in 2017. It was an anti-terrorist institute that was inaugurated by the Saudi king, Trump and Egypt’s el Sisi. They were seen holding a glowing glove.

It was a strong and absurd image that was also highly ridiculed by the media for its witch like appearance.

- Dina Danish