“The artist will link his diploma project with the history of applying to different academies and elaborate how practicing and then abandoning painting as well as studies of music made him to develop forms of his practice today.”

Do you remember what you are burning

Teaching the former American soldier, now a caretaker of the art academy how to play the country guitar or cooking for the whole academy on regular basis with his mother via skype are only some of the projects realized by Hiwa K at the time of his studies. Some of them were intended to bring together the students who by institutional demand were trapped in their studios at the school.In these events interwoven into the academy he is seeking now the origins of projects such as Chicago Boys While We Were Singing They Were Dreaming or This Lemon Tastes of Apple which is related to the Arab Spring in Iraq April last year. The artist will link his diploma project with the history of applying to different academies and elaborate how practicing and then abandoning painting as well as studies of music made him to develop forms of his practice today. Hiwa will present the dynamics of the conceptual basis of his work which he describes as a move from What If to As If.

Hiwa K, Iraqi Kurdish artist and musician living in Berlin. He graduated from secondary school in Iraq and continued education in the self-educational circles of his home country with other visual artists, intellectuals, musicians and theatre artists. The major fields of these informal and non-systematic studies were European literature and philosophy, learnt from available books translated into Arabic. Since 1985, he has practiced painting – also in the public space. He abandoned the discipline around 1998 and completed flamenco guitar studies with the master Paco Peña, which led to working for several years in that field. Subsequently, he returned to visual arts and graduated in the Akademie der Bildende Kunst in Mainz, Germany and was guest student at Städelschule Frankfurt with Simon Starling. The practice of music has a strong influence on his visual arts projects.

His projects appear to be a continuous critique of art education, the professionalization of art practice, of staging and visibility as well as the myth of the individual artist. Many of his works are forms and outcomes of collaborations and have to do with the process of teaching and learning and insist rather on getting to know as everyday practice than knowledge as a formalized discipline.

Recently his project “For the Few Socks of Marbles” is presented in MUSAC, Spain and is contributing to the group show “On the Edgware Road” at The Serpentine Gallery in London. Upcoming shows include La Triennale in Paris and Alternativa 2012 in Gdansk. Past projects include Manifesa 7 in Bolzano, Alternativa 2011, “Estrangement” in The Showroom in London and “All the is Solid Melts into Air” organized by MuHKA Antwerp in Mechelen.