Vortragsreihe Freie Kunst - Hiwa K.
Vortragsreihe / 13.11.2018
Hiwa K mit seinem Vortrag „as if an artschool”.
13.11.2018, 18 Uhr
Auditorium, Speicher XI, Bremen
Hiwa K was born in Kurdistan-Northern Iraq in 1975. His informal studies in his home town Sulaymaniyah were focused on European literature and philosophy, learnt from available books translated into Arabic. After moving to Europe in 2002, Hiwa K studied music as a pupil of the Flamenco master Paco Peña in Rotterdam, and subsequently settled in Germany. His works escape normative aesthetics but give a possibility of another vibration to vernacular forms, oral histories (Chicago boys, 2010), modes of encounter (Cooking with Mama, 2006) and political situations (This lemon tastes of apple, 2011). The repository of his references consists of stories told by family members and friends, found situations as well as everyday forms that are the products of pragmatics and necessity. He continuously critiques the art education system and the professionalization of art practice, as well as the myth of the individual artist. Many of his works have a strong collective and participatory dimension, and express the concept of obtaining knowledge from everyday experience rather than doctrine. Hiwa K participated in various group shows such as Manifesta 7, Trient (2008), La Triennale, Intense Proximity, Paris (2012), the “Edgware Road Project” at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2012), the Venice Biennale (2015), documenta14, Kassel/Athens (2017) and Sculpture Center, New York (2018). In 2016 he received the Arnold Bode Prize and the Schering Stiftung Art Award with a solo exhibition at KW, Berlin (2017) as well as solo exhibtions at De Appel, Amsterdam (2017), S.M.A.K., Gent (2018), New Museum, New York (2018) and Kunstverein Hannover (2018).