Don't Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet: The Works of Hiwa K, edited by Anthony Downey (Walther König Verlag, 2017)

Downey, Anthony and K, Hiwa and Ali, Bakir and Ginwala, Natasha and Abu Hamdan, Lawrence and Gruijthuijsen, Krist and Mertens, Heike Catherina and Ndikung, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng and Szyłak, Aneta (2017) Don't Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet: The Works of Hiwa K, edited by Anthony Downey (Walther König Verlag, 2017). Other. Walther König Verlag, London.

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Covering over decade of projects, Don't Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet: The Works of Hiwa K provides the first comprehensive account of the artist’s practice to date. Edited by Anthony Downey, with a foreword by Heike Catherina Mertens and Krist Gruijthuijsen, the volume includes essays by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Natasha Ginwala, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Aneta Szyłak, and a conversation between the artist and Bakir Ali. A series of texts have been prepared and revised by the artist, and he has also included a collection of anecdotes that recount gossip, stories, jokes, personal insights, conundrums, and aphorisms garnered from multiple sources. These have all been translated into Kurdish for the first time. The volume is fully illustrated and will contain extended notes on the works.

Don't Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet offers context and background to Hiwa K’s works from 2005 onwards, including Arbeitsplatz (Workspace) (2005), Cooking with Mama (2005–ongoing), Inappropriation (2009), and Country Guitar Lessons (2005–11), all of which either utilized or subverted spaces within an art institution. Other projects, such as Moon Calendar (2007), This Lemon Tastes of Apple (2011), and Do You Remember What You Are Burning? (2011), focus on historical events in Kurdistan and, more broadly, Iraq; while issues of migration and the fraught experiences associated with forced exile are explored in Pre-Image (2010). The historical and geopolitical realities of immaterial and material exchange come to the fore in Qatees (2009), Chicago Boys: While They Were Singing, We Were Dreaming (2010), It’s Spring and the Weather Is Great So Let’s Close All Object Matters (2012), My Father's Colour Periods (2013), and The Bell Project (2014–15). More recent works, such as Existentialism in Kurdistan (Raw Materiality 01) (2016–ongoing), call attention to the impact of neoliberal dogma on Kurdistan and its all too imminent impact on the region’s population, economic history, and cultural practices. In the spirit of the artist’s work, this volume will introduce a new audience to his projects and offer additional insights for those who already know it.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Additional Information: This volume was a two year project that set out to archive and catalogue the works of the Iraqi-Kurdish artist Hiwa K. The artist, an asylum seeker who settled in Germany in the late 1990s, had no definitive record of his works to date, nor, despite increased international interest in his work, was there any extended critical analysis of it. This volume answered to both of these deficits, compiling a catalogue of works and critical texts from renowned writers and curators to broadly coincide with the artist’s inclusion in Documenta 14, the world’s most prestigious art exhibition, and his acceptance of the Arnold Bode Prize and Schering Stiftung award for contemporary art. This monograph sought to not only provide the first extended critical engagement with an eminent artist but also situate readers within a complex and challenging body of under-researched work. It is also the first book on contemporary art to include an extended series of texts translated into Kurdish.
Identification Number: ISBN 978-3-96098-160-2
Date: 31 June 2017
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-06 - allied health > CAH02-06-01 - health sciences (non-specific)
L200 Politics
L700 Human and Social Geography
P300 Media studies
P900 Others in Mass Communications and Documentation
T600 Modern Middle Eastern studies
T900 Others in Eastern, Asiatic, African, American and Australasian Languages, Literature and related subjects
V200 History by area
V500 Philosophy
W100 Fine Art
W600 Cinematics and Photography
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Institute of Creative Arts > Birmingham School of Art
Depositing User: Anthony Downey
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2017 09:42
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2021 15:39

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