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Hiwa K, View from Above, 2017, digital video, color, sound, 12 minutes 27 seconds.

Hiwa K

Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK)

Hiwa K, View from Above, 2017, digital video, color, sound, 12 minutes 27 seconds.

One of the stronger works on view in last year’s Documenta 14 was When We Were Exhaling Images, 2017, Hiwa K’s installation consisting of a stack of large clay drainage pipes. In one pipe—each had a diameter of roughly three feet—viewers found a used washing table; in others, an unmade bed, some furniture, and daily utensils. The work evoked an absurd housing project for refugees. The artist, who was born in Iraqi Kurdistan, fled his native country during the Gulf War of 1990–91. Traveling by foot through Iran, Turkey, Greece, and Italy, he ended up in what became his new home country, Germany. Since then, he has returned to Kurdistan several times. On one occasion, in April 2011, he participated in a protest march in Sulaymaniyah, his hometown. Activists and journalists shot copious footage of the event, and Hiwa K later edited this material into the video This Lemon

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