Bard College Berlin Presents
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Artist Talk with Hiwa K

Bard College Berlin Lecture Hall, Platanenstr. 98a, Berlin - Pankow
At 25 years old, Hiwa K journeyed from Iraq to Germany. Once there, he began studying music with Flamenco master Paco Peña. Now living and working in Berlin, Hiwa K’s works are politically-minded in their combination of oral histories, participatory structures and institutional critique. As a Kurdish Iraqi and immigrant to Germany, Hiwa K draws from personal memories to tell stories of our ongoing global crises: war, migration, and the effects of neoliberalism and colonialism. Documenting with video, the artist inserts himself into his works, which often involve participatory dimensions (such as group cooking classes, musical performances, and political protests) and collaborations with a wide cast of players, from Iraqi philosophers to Venetian metal casters. Largely self-taught, his multidisciplinary approach draws upon his peer-to-peer education in Iraq as well as his Flamenco musical training.
Hiwa K’s work has been presented in various collective exhibitions such as Venice Biennale (2015) and documenta 14 (2017). He currently has a solo show at the National Gallery of Art in Warsaw.
The lecture takes place in connection to Marion Detjen and Dorothea von Hantelmann’s seminar “(IL)LEGAL: New Artistic and Curatorial Approaches to the History of Migration in Germany.”

Date & time: Thursday, February 7, 2019, from 5:30pm
Venue: Bard College Berlin Lecture Hall
Platanenstr. 98a, Berlin - Pankow (map)
Admission free

Contact information:  communications@berlin.bard.edu

Location: Bard College Berlin Lecture Hall, Platanenstr. 98a, Berlin - Pankow

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