Sound Wounds Artists Drawing Club with Hayv Kahraman
Artist Hayv Kahraman highlights the friction between memory and narrative through her personal history as an Iraqi émigré first to Europe and ultimately the United States. New works recall a recurring sonic theme in the artist’s most taunting memories — the warning call of the siren. Sound as a modality of power is well ingrained in military strategy, with long range acoustic devices (LRADs) transmitting localized, extremely high decibel noise, literally using sound as a weapon. The violence of sound and the ways in which people resist it are at the heart of her current work.
About the Artist
Hayv Kahraman was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1981, and now lives and works in Los Angeles. Narrative and memory, dynamics of impermanence and ambivalence found in diasporic cultures are the essence of her visual language and the product of her experience as an Iraqi émigré. The body as object and subject have a central role in her painting practice.
Kahraman’s recent solo exhibitions include Collective Performance, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; How Iraqi are you?, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; and Extimacy, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai. Recent group exhibitions include No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; UNREALISM: Presented by Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, Miami; and June: A Painting Show, Sadie Coles HQ, London. Kahraman was shortlisted for the 2011 Jameel Prize at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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