Artist of the Month: Hayv Kahraman

Posted March 7th, 2013 under Contemporary Art, Featured, Iraq, Women

Hayv Kahraman
Hayv Kahraman engages with very difficult issues surrounding female identity in her homeland, tackles the complex relationships between gender and identity constructs; geopolitical and physiological boundaries; and investigates the perception of self vis-à-vis the demands of conformity within society. Her works reflect the controversial issues of gender, honor killings and war, all issues that plague her home country of Iraq.

Watch out for 4 beautiful shows on ikonoTV and 3 on ikonoMENASA this month!

Hayv Kahraman was born in Baghdad, Iraq 1981 and is a graduate of the Academy of art and design in Florence, Italy. Recent solo exhibitions include Pins and Needles, The Third Line gallery, Dubai; Waraq, Frey Norris, San Francisco; Seven gates, Green Cardamom, London. Recent group exhibitions include: The Jameel Tour, The Victoria and Albert museum, London; Institute de Monde Arabe, Paris; Museum of Fine art Houston, Houston; Casa Arabe, Madrid; Disquieting Muses, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece (2011); Of women’s modesty and anger, Villa Empain center for the arts, Brussels (2011); Taswir, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin Germany (2010); Unveiled: New art from the Middle East, Saatchi gallery, London (2009). Kahraman currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Image above: Domesticated Marionettes, 2008-2009, Oil on linen
Installation view at Bait Al Serkal, Sharjah Art Area
Photo by Alfredo Rubio


- Homepage of Hayv Kahraman
- Hayv Kahrama on Facebook
- Blog: The artwork of Hayv Kahraman
- Fashion in the UAE – Paintings of the traditional fashion in the United Arab Emirates
- New York Times: Dark Memories of War Illuminate an Artist’s Work
- HuPo Interview – Beyond the White Cube: The Rich Mosaic of Hayv Kahraman’s Art and Life
- Muslim Media Watch – Hayv Kahraman: ”Telling Tales of Horror with a Demure Grace”

The Art of Hayv Kahraman

Music by Azam Ali, ‘Endless Reverie’.