The Ruya Shop presents ‘Home Grounds’, a screening of three video works by the Berlin-based artist Hiwa K. The artist fled Iraq in 1996 and studied at the Akademie der Bildende Kunst in Mainz. His installation, video and performance-based work explores his personal experiences of Iraq, migration, and conflict.
The presentation includes Hiwa K’s early video work alongside two new films produced for the artist’s participation at Documenta 13: Moon Calendar (2007), which documents rehearsals for an unrealized performance inside Amna Souraka, a former Baath-regime prison that was locally known for its torture of prisoners in Sulaimaniya, A View from Above (2017), recounts the interrogation of an Iraqi asylum seeker known as M, and Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue) (2017), recounts the artist’s journey from Iraq to Europe on foot. He is pictured walking across fields, estates and wastelands in Turkey, Rome and Athens, fragments of a path leading to an unknown destination.
The screenings run from 11 January – 2 February 2019 at the Ruya Shop, Mutannabi Street, Baghdad, every Friday and Saturday, 9am-2pm.