Plucked From The Womb Like Something Tart

Riya Hamid | Asif Hoque

April 5 - May 25, 2019
Opening Reception with artists: Friday, April 5th, 6 - 8:30pm
Philadelphia, PA

Plucked From The Womb Like Something Tart brings together the work of two Bangladeshi- American artists who share the experience of being first-generation immigrants since childhood. Visual artist and writer, Riya Hamid was raised in East New York, Brooklyn and now lives in Berlin. Her work seeks to augment the dialogue of class in relation to opportunity and livelihood from the feminine Bengali diasporic experience. She embodies and reflects her contemplation of the world in all aspects of her work with presence. Asif Hoque left his South Florida home to earn his degree from Pratt Institute and now lives and works in Brooklyn. His body of work is a reflection of the plurality of his identity. Through the use of mixed media, he builds friction through application of layers and texture in order to facilitate a conversation. Both have gracefully transformed what was a heightened experience of childhood alienation into an evolved existential exploration.



Through a unique and thought-provoking atmosphere,
Twelve Gates Arts aims to showcase international, multidisciplinary arts
bound by the sensibilities of a diasporic identity.

We seek to create and promote projects in our community
that cross geographic and cultural boundaries.