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Hiwa K in person! Film Series : Conversations at the Edge Fall 2019

An Evening with Hiwa K

2006-19, Hiwa K, Iraq/Turkey/Greece/Italy/Germany, ca. 60 min.

Show Times

  • Thu, Nov 7th 6:00pm

Drawing from individual stories, political actions, and his own experience fleeing Iraq by foot in the late 1990s, the deeply moving and often darkly absurd films, performances, and installations of Iraqi-German artist Hiwa K explore our most pressing issues—displacement, war, and identity. In videos like PRE-IMAGE (BLIND AS THE MOTHER TONGUE) (2017) and A VIEW FROM ABOVE (2017), both produced for documenta 14, the artist allegorizes the fragmentation and precariousness of migration. In others, he stages collaborative interventions in sites of political trauma, including a former detention center for political prisoners, a civil protest in the Kurdish region of Iraq, and a scrapyard devoted to smelting battlefield waste. Hiwa K shows a selection of these works and discusses the ideas and approaches that inform his broader practice. Presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Chicago. Multiple formats. (Amy Beste)

Hiwa K is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.