Hiwa K

Sketch for the object ‘gods wearing pots’ # 1Sketch for the object ‘gods wearing pots’ # 2Sketch for the object ‘gods wearing pots’ # 3

In his works, Hiwa K (b. 1975 in Sulaimaniyya / Iraq, lives and works in Berlin) opens multi-layered perspectives on political struggles and conflicts and geographic sites, as well as his own migrant background. His multi-medial works, which include installations combining drawings, sculptures and videos, draw on existential experiences laced with a multifaceted, narrative-based and anthropological quality. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein here offers three drawings by Hiwa K from the series Sketch for the object ‘gods wearing pots’, which investigates the relationship between Spanish conquerors and the Incas. In the European narrative of this history, it is repeatedly written that the Incas believed the colonizers were gods who wore pots on their heads. The drawings of Hiwa K point, through hidden, engraved anecdotes, towards the fact that the Incas very quickly recognized the true nature of the occupiers. The works of Hiwa K have most recently been shown at, among others: Kunsthalle Mannheim (2019); New Museum, New York (2018); S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Gent (2018); Kunstverein Hannover (2018); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017); De Appel, Amsterdam, (2017); documenta 14, Kassel (2017); Venedig Biennale (2015).



Sketch for the object ‘gods wearing pots’ # 1
2018, drawing, pen and incisions on paper, 34 x 23.8 cm, single edition, signed and dated
2.600 euro member, 2.800 euro non-member


Sketch for the object ‘gods wearing pots’ # 2
2018, drawing, pen and incisions on paper, 23.8 x 34 cm, single edition, signed and dated
2.600 euro member, 2.800 euro non-member


Sketch for the object ‘gods wearing pots’ # 3
2018, drawing, pen and incisions on paper, 34 x 23.8 cm, single edition, signed and dated
2.600 euro member, 2.800 euro non-member