The Van Every/Smith Galleries will present videos, performances, and installations from the last decade by Hiwa K (b. 1975, Kurdistan, Iraq), a German-Kurdish artist, whose work explores the body, identity, music, and play. He relies on childhood memories, local traditions, everyday encounters with others, and current events to source his works which are often more about process than product. Hiwa K is interested in ideas around belonging, identity, and alienation, expressed not only through his explorations/artworks, but in the fact that he hides his own surname.
K has participated in group shows such as Manifesta 7, Trient (2008), La Triennale, Intense Proximity, Paris (2012), the “Edgware Road Project” at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2012), the Venice Biennale (2015) and documenta 14, Kassel/Athens (2017). In 2016, he received the Schering Stiftung Art Award, which included an exhibition at KW Berlin in 2017, and he also won the Arnold Bode Prize, in the context of documenta.
While visiting Davidson College, Hiwa K will continue his exploration of Cooking with Mama, a communal cooking event he began in 2005 prompted by missing his own mother, and specifically, her Kurdish cooking.