Hayv Kahraman

Hayv Kahraman

Gallery 1: Audible Inaudible

September 18 – October 22, 2016

Hayv Kahraman, Get Directions (Right), 2016, Oil on linen, 89 x 89 cm

Hayv Kahraman

Artissima 2015

November 6 - 8, 2015

Hayv Kahraman, Test Your Iraqiness, 2015, Oil on linen, 96.5 x 144.8 cm

Hayv Kahraman


October 24 - November 29, 2012

HK_Extimacy ,2012_Installation Shot

Eminent artist, Hayv Kahraman, returns to The Third Line with new work that tackles the complex relationships between gender and identity constructs; geopolitical and physiological boundaries; and, the perception of self vis-à-vis the demands of conformity within society.

Six panels depicting women extracting a cross sectional slice of their own bodies encompass the gallery space. Expanding on her previous series, Kahraman’s depictions of these women personify a hybrid identity hinting to the affinity of dismembered bodies with fragmented geographical locations. This somewhat crude act of detaching a limb is also reminiscent of a violent uprooting and is revealed materialistically in the work. Manifested through the artist’s heterogeneous use of wood and rawhide, the artist forces an unnatural but seamless coexistence between mixed materials.

First explored in her work Quasicorporeal, Kahraman’s inspiration stems from her personal story and own segmented body scan, which she then applies throughout this body of work. Within this framework, she also includes two rawhide light-boxes in the show that depict a cross-sectioned anatomical slice. The violent and nonchalant aspect of plane sectioning a frozen cadaver speaks to a similar detachment and separation that occurs within people of a diaspora or in exile.

Kahraman further extrapolates this point through a 3 dimensional sculpture, namely the Möbius body. The structure, of no beginning and no end, aims to deconstruct binary notions of mind and body, male and female, inside and outside; where hierarchy is created by one element inherently becoming the subordinate of the other.

Hayv Kahraman

Pins and needles

October 28 - December 20, 2010

HK_Hold Still _2010_Oil On Linen _106.6x 172.7cm _650

Group Show

Life Drawing

December 19, 2007 - January 10, 2008

HK_Chained Women _2006_Sumi Ink On Paper _45x 65cm _650

Life Drawing: Approaches to figurative practices by Neda Hadizadeh, Ghadah Al Kandari, Hayv Kahraman and Lamya Gargash, presents works that converge through literal or fragmented depictions of the body. Through the different mediums of drawing, painting and video, these four young female artists decipher the figure and its representation while simultaneously commenting on the environment in which they live. 

Kuwaiti artist Ghadah Al Kandari's works range from colourful and brash like portraits to extremely simple black and white drawings.The commonality between her painting and drawings are her subjects – all are relatives depicted in off-beat domestic settings which hint toward family dynamics and the relationships between the individuals. 
Iraqi artist Hayv Kahraman's highly graphic drawings depict the ravaging effects of war, which always affect women the hardest. Using Sumi ink on brown paper, Hayv's wide stylistic references range from Japanese and Arabic calligraphy art nouveau, Persian miniature and Greek iconography.

Emirati artist Lamya Gargashcatches our curious gaze by omitting vital information from the female form. Gargash’s video portraits highlight the awkward space between the garment and the body by manipulating two comparative images – one displayed with only the garment in view, the other with only the body in view, questioning society’s perceived understanding of female representation.
Iranian artist Neda Hadizadehpaints fragmented figurative works with vibrant brush strokes and strong black lines. Dripping, figurative outlines are placed on a background of colour, usually contain the model’s fingers or bony hands covering or concealing segments of the figure. Her work depicts the human form with angst and psychological drama in a dark and unsettling manner.