Katherine Toukhy works with materials and interpersonal engagement to give visibility to the herstories she is connected to as a first-generation Egyptian woman in the U.S. She creates installations, collage, and paintings grounded in embodied understandings of the female body, migration, and diaspora, against the backdrop of our post 9/11 world. The female form gets abstracted, becoming a hybrid of landscape and figure, that is the site of political personal violence and transformation. In her installations, Toukhy layers figures, threads, Arabic and English writing, and transparent fabrics to shape a sensual psychological landscape. Through ongoing interactive research with women in her communities, she has built a small archive of their writings to source from. She remixes their writings with her own repeated phrases and sometimes phrases from related media stories, such as the partial list of 30K names of those drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean.

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