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Gallery Talk: Maggie Mustard on “Hiwa K: Blind as the Mother Tongue”

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Hiwa K, The Bell Project, 2007–15 (still). Two-channel HD and SD video installation, sound, color; 35:25 min and 25:29 min. © Hiwa K. Courtesy the artist; KOW, Berlin; and Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan/Lucca

Join us for an in-gallery talk with Marcia Tucker Senior Research Fellow Maggie Mustard on the occasion of the exhibition “Hiwa K: 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. Mustard’s talk will address the processes of observation and reflection in Hiwa K’s work, discussing how the open-ended and exploratory nature of his practice embraces uncertainty, dislocation, and the hybrid.

Hiwa K has shown in numerous group exhibitions, including documenta 14 (2017), the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), La Triennale, Paris (2012), and Manifesta 7, Bolzano (2008). Recent solo exhibitions include S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent (2018); Kunstverein Hannover (2018); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017); De Appel, Amsterdam (2017); Kunsthalle C, Stockholm (2015); and 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, Utrecht; Serpentine Gallery, London; MACRO, Rome; MuHKA, Antwerp; and MUSAC, León, Spain.

Gallery talks are free with paid Museum admission, but attendance is limited. Gallery admission must be purchased in order to reserve a spot. Members can reserve here. 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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