Born in Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region (IQ), lives in Berlin ().
Hiwa K (°1975) was born in Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan, and has been living as a political refugee in Berlin since 2002. His artistic work is completely dominated by social disruption and emotional despair, which he experienced as a refugee.
In his work, Hiwa K examines the events, encounters and many cultural/social paradoxes that have determined his life, which he analyses sharply and reflects back into the public sphere. "In the final analysis, much of my work concerns the circulation of culture, namely how cultures have influenced one another for many centuries and have been embedded in one another, both at a macro and at a micro level." He certainly does not evade the world-wide debate about globalisation and transportation. At the same time he predicts the end of humanity and a tragic end for the entire planet. In a sense, Hiwa K does not make art but engages in a debate on urgent topics.
Hiwa K makes sculpture, installations and videos, which are often an edited recording of his performance. The images are often sublime in their simplicity: a cemented staircase leads to an empty bed at a lonely height. The works are made through minute manipulations of reality, sometimes they are taken directly from reality, through this act they are transformed into a reflection on reality. His visual work serves as a medium for the distribution of emotionally charged awareness, which he also converts into words. "Art is without value, because it does not influence the world or stimulate its change."
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The collection XXVII – Ea...
03 March 2011 - 21 August 2011.
Since 1989, the year the Berlin Wall fell and the year of the *Magiciens de la terre* exhibition at Beaubourg, the hegemony of Western art ha
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
When Faith Moves Mountains
17 July 2022 - 09 October 2022.
This project was set up differently from a classic exhibition; the working method was rather activist, whereby a 'coalition of the willing' s
Worth Fighting For
14 November 2022 - 14 December 2022.
Worth Fighting For The Ukrainian fight is about the survival of a nation and its right to exist – politically, militarily, econom
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Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
MIGRATIE | MIGRATION
Dymphna escaping over sea with her confidant Gerebernus to mainland Europe is a key example of migration, a story in which many refugees will