Hiwa K: Blind as the Mother Tongue
May 2 - August 19, 2018
Drawing on vernacular forms and collaborative and performative actions, Iraqi-Kurdish artist Hiwa K makes work inspired by political events, chance encounters, oral histories, and his own experiences, including fleeing Iraq on foot in the late 1990s. Hiwa K approaches his subjects with curiosity, pragmatism, and spontaneity, and his videos, performances, and objects speak to themes of political memory and belonging—as well as what the artist refers to as “placelessness” and “zones of possibility.”
Blind as the Mother Tongue at the New Museum marked the artist’s first US solo museum exhibition, and debuted a new sculpture that reflects on misperception and misinterpretation in the circulation of culture.