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When We Were Exhaling Images, 2017

mixed media installation

Hiwa K, When We Were Exhaling Images, 2017, Mixed Media Installation, vitrified clay pipes, laminated beams, furniture, various objects, each pipe 600 x 100 x 100 cm, installation view documenta 14, Kassel, photo by Mathias Voelzke
Hiwa K, When We Were Exhaling Images, 2017, Mixed Media Installation, vitrified clay pipes, laminated beams, furniture, various objects, each pipe 600 x 100 x 100 cm, installation view documenta 14, Kassel, photo by Mathias Voelzke
Hiwa K, When We Were Exhaling Images, 2017, Mixed Media Installation, vitrified clay pipes, laminated beams, furniture, various objects, each pipe 600 x 100 x 100 cm, installation view documenta 14, Kassel, photo by Mathias Voelzke
Hiwa K, When We Were Exhaling Images, 2017, Mixed Media Installation, vitrified clay pipes, laminated beams, furniture, various objects, each pipe 600 x 100 x 100 cm, installation view documenta 14, Kassel, photo by Mathias Voelzke

Mixed Media Installation, vitrified clay pipes, laminated beams, furniture, various objects, each pipe 600 x 100 x 100 cm, installation view documenta 14, Kassel, photos by Mathias Voelzke

Hiwa K

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) and documenta14, Kassel/Athens (2017). A selection of recent solo shows include the New Museum, NYC (2018), S.M.A.K., Ghent (2018) and Kunstverein Hannover (2018). Upcoming solo shows will be held at Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw and at the Van Every/Smith Galleries in North Carolina, USA. In 2016 he received the Arnold Bode Prize and the Schering Stiftung Art Award and had a solo exhibition at KW, Berlin (2017). His “Chicago Boys” project is continuously hosted by international institutions.



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