Art Exhibitions Now: Kurdish-Iraqi Artist Hiwa K In Germany

BY Katrina Kufer / Jun 10 2018 / 13:46 PM

The conceptual artist's exhibition 'Moon Calendar' travels to Kunstverein Hannover in Germany for its second stop this summer and runs until 29 July

Art Exhibitions Now: Kurdish-Iraqi Artist Hiwa K In Germany
Courtesy of the artist and KOW, Berlin
Hiwa K. Video still from 'Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue)'. 2017. Digital video, 16:9, 18 minutes. Co-produced by Open-Vizor, Abbas Nokhesteh.

Following the premier at S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Moon Calendar, now in Hannover, presents an extensive collection of Kurdish-Iraqi artist Hiwa K’s videos and installations that reflect on collective happenings and subjective narratives derived from history, migration, contemporary politics and his personal experience. The title is taken from one of the video works on show, but also serves as reference to a method of navigating the globe.

Curated by Kathleen Rahn, works include Moon Calendar (2007), which depicts Hiwa K in the Iraqi prison complex of Amna Souraka while monitoring his heartbeat and translating the beat into dance steps; video work Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue) (2017), which showed at documenta14, Athens, and Amsterdam’s de Appel; For a Few Socks of Marbles (2012); and the sculpture It’s Spring and the Weather is Great, So Let’s Close All Object Matters (2012).

The exhibition also features large-scale site-specific installations. One example is the entirety of sand sculpture What the Barbarians Did Not Do, Did the Barberini, shown in five different monumental proportions. The work references the Pantheon and an ambivalent character of bronze when used for creating both art and weapons, which is further explored through video projections of a Northern Iraqi foundry where weapons are melted and reconfigured.

Moon Calendar runs until 29 July.