Artist Talk with Hiwa K
Sat May 21 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Admission is free. Sign up HERE.
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
We invite you to join us for an Artist Talk with Iraqi Kurdish artist Hiwa K in conversation with The Power Plant's Head of Exhibitions and Publications Adelina Vlas.
In this talk Hiwa K and Adelina Vlas will explore artist's collaboration with gallery on the Summer 2022 exhibition, Do you remember what you are burning? on view at The Power Plant from 20 May until 28 August 2022.
As part of their discussion, which will include questions from the audience, Hiwa K and Adelina will talk about the important themes and motivations behind the Hiwa's works, which evokes political realities, oral histories, alternative teachings, and familial and personal memories inspired by his native homeland of Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Do you remember what you are burning? is a survey exhibition that gathers installations, sculptures, photographs, and films that relate to themes of belonging and displacement by Iraqi Kurdish artist Hiwa K. His artwork evokes political realities, oral histories, alternative teachings, and familial and personal memories inspired by his native homeland of Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan. Rooted in his life story, the works reflect on his experiences of exile and asylum during the Gulf War (1990–1991), the disorientating conditions of being uprooted from his country, and his political participation in Iraq’s pro-democracy uprisings of the Arab Spring (2010–2013).
Hiwa K (b. 1975) lives and works in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan. Working with video, performance, and installation, he draws from personal experiences, including family anecdotes, his arts education, and daily encounters and occurrences. Many of his works stress collectivity and participation as part of their development, engaging with and critiquing teaching and learning systems, and exploring how knowledge can be gathered through everyday experience as much as through academic settings.