Friday 05/04/18 3PM
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Hiwa K in Conversation with Natalie Bell

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Hiwa K. Moon Calendar, Iraq, 2007 (still). SD video, color, sound; 12:16 min. Courtesy the artist; KOW, Berlin; and Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan/Lucca

Join us for an in-gallery discussion with Hiwa K, led by Associate Curator Natalie Bell, on the occasion of his exhibition “Blind as the Mother Tongue.” Drawing on vernacular forms and collaborative and performative actions, the Iraqi-Kurdish artist makes work inspired by political events, chance encounters, oral histories, and his own experiences, including fleeing Iraq on foot in the late 1990s.

Hiwa K has shown in numerous group exhibitions, including Documenta 14 (2017), the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, La Triennale in Paris (2012); and the seventh edition of Manifesta (2008). Recent solo exhibitions include S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, and Kunstverein Hannover (2018); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017); De Appel, Amsterdam, (2017); Kunsthalle C, Stockholm (2015); and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2010). His ongoing performance project Chicago Boys While We Were Singing They Were Dreaming has been hosted by institutions such as Alternativa Festival, Gdansk; CASCO in Utrecht, the Serpentine Gallery in London, MACRO/Rome, MuHKA, Antwerp; and MUSAC, León.

Gallery talks are free with paid Museum admission, but attendance is limited. Gallery admission must be purchased in order to reserve a spot. Members, students, and seniors please RSVP by email for discounted admission.


This program is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Support for “Hiwa K: Blind as the Mother Tongue” can be viewed here.

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