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The phrase "coming out of the closet" takes on a whole new meaning in Ghada Zoughbi's "Regimes of the Personal," Artspace Hamra's latest exhibition. Tousled and in utter disarray, items of well-worn clothing, threadbare stuffed animals and yellowing, crispy-edged snapshots hang lank on shelves, overflowing from open bedroom cupboards and drawers. Upon inspection these intimate personal belongings, when foregrounded, bare the mundane secrets of personal lives and innermost fantasies alike. Each of Zoughbi's 13 oil-on-canvas and wood works bridges the divide between the private and public sphere, rendering images of closet interiors that reflect the absent (and anonymous) subject's political and psychological makeup. "The Lonely Guy" suggests a more systematic storage of infancy, depicting many stuffed animals, crammed haphazardly into the top shelf of a cupboard, keeping the ageing child company, at least until the space is needed for some other relic of the past.
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