Hiwa K— born in 1975, in Sulaymaniyah (Iraq). Hiwa K is a visual artist and musician. He is trained both as a painter and as a flamenco guitar player. His major artistic interests focus on questions of event, performativity, as well as on the figure of the artist as an amateur. Since 2005, he has been developing multimedia projects that involve paradoxes of cultural competence, participation, and informal pracices of the dissemination of knowledge. Since 2006, he has been collaborating with Wyspa Project Foundation in Gdańsk.
This Lemon Tastes of Apple, video, 2011, video
The video documents an intervention in Sulaymaniyah by Hiwa K on April 18th 2011 during one of the last days of the two months long civil protest. With no international media coverage, the protest – which spread across generations, professions and cities – was brutally repressed by the police. Hiwa K plays the harmonica, with Daroon Othman playing the guitar through megaphones. The work occurred within the protest and is not a work about the protest. The title, This Lemon Tastes of Apple, refers to the use of gas against Kurdish people in Saddam Hussein’s genocide attempt in 1988 in Halabja. The gas had a smell of apple, which has since had a strong association in the political memory of the country. During the recent months of demonstrations, protesters used lemon as an immediate detoxifying agent. The work has intentionally not been translated into English or Polish. The words of protest remain in their own language and are not adapted to the rhetorical frames of protest elsewhere.
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