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Hayv Kahraman EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Collective Cut
Hayv Kahraman
Collective Cut

2008

Oil on linen

106.5 x 173 cm
Hayv Kahraman is an artist from Iraq. Spanning drawing, painting, and sculpture, her practice engages with very difficult issues surrounding female identity in her homeland – how women are victimised within their own culture, made subservient to men and often suffer the most from the effects of the war. Kahraman tells these tales of horror with a demure grace through her stunningly beautiful paintings. In this series of work, her images depict the scriptural story of the Sacrifice of The Lamb, which is central to the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, recasting the figures as women.
Heads On Plate
Hayv Kahraman
Heads On Plate

2008

Oil on linen

173 x 106.5 cm
The Sacrifice of the Lamb is a legend which is recorded both in the Quran and the Bible. Abraham was told by God in a vision to sacrifice his only son as proof of his unquestioning devotion. In seeing the extent of Abraham’s faith God allows the substitution of a ram in the boy’s place. This event is symbolically repeated during the most important Muslim holiday where lambs are sacrificed as part of religious celebrations and feasts. Kahraman illustrates this fable from a woman’s perspective, controversially appropriating the sacred masculine theme to assert feminist equality. In these paintings the sacrificed lambs might also be metaphorically understood in relation to the practice of ‘honour’ killings.
Carrying On Shoulder 1 & Carrying On Shoulder 2

 	 Carrying on Shoulder 1

Carrying on Shoulder 2

Hayv Kahraman
Carrying On Shoulder 1 & Carrying On Shoulder 2

2008

Oil on linen

Each panel: 173 x 76.3 cm
Kahraman’s Carrying On Shoulder I and Carrying On Shoulder II is an exquisitely painted diptych. Influenced by Persian miniatures, Renaissance and Chinese painting, art nouveau and fashion illustrations, Kahraman’s works convey a timeless classicism, setting her very contemporary dialogues within the rich fabric of history. Kahraman often portrays her characters with elongated swan-like necks, heightening their delicate refinement and physical and social vulnerability. The flattened perspective in her work conceives two-dimensionality as a conceptual contrast between joy and pain, illusion and reality and peace and violence.
Flaying the Lamb
Hayv Kahraman
Flaying the Lamb

2008

Oil on linen

173 x 106.5 cm
Painted directly onto stretched linen, Flaying The Lamb contrasts the natural rough weave of the canvas with Kahraman’s highly polished painting technique, the juxtaposition between the real sumptuous fabric and the painted dresses heightening the spatial illusion. Though using a limited palette and simplified planar compositions, Kahraman achieves a tremendous amount of depth in her work through the intensity of her colours and veneers of layered patterning. Kahraman delivers this with effortless fluency: the whites of the lamb dazzle with the lustre of inlaid pearl and the black masses of hair expand like giant inky spills, replicating antiquity’s luxuriance.

Hayv Kahraman's BIOGRAPHY

Hayv Kahraman
Born in 1981, Baghdad, Iraq
Lives and works in Arizona



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Pins and Needles, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai
Waraq, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco
Seven Gates, Green Cardamom, London

2009
Marionettes, The Third Line, Doha

2008
Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York (with I-Ling Lin)

2007
Celebrating Women in the Arts, Diyarbakir, Turkey

2003
Thoughts on Canvas, Hudiksvall's Museum, Hudiksvall, Sweden


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Disquieting Muses, Contemporary Art Centre of Thessaloniki, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece
Of Women’s Modesty and Anger, Villa Empain centre for the arts, Brussels
I Don’t Need Your Money Honey All I Need Is Love, Traffic, Dubai

2010
The Silk Road, Tri Postal, Lille, France
Frieze London, representing The Third Line, Dubai
Women painters from 5 Continents, Osart Gallery, Milano Italy
Taswir, Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

2009
Echo, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco
Balla Drama, Paradise Row, London
Volta Art fair, Thierry Goldberg Projects, NYC
Unveiled: New Art From The Middle East, The Saatchi Gallery, London

2008
Local Produce, The Lisa Sette gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

2007
Life Drawing, The third Line, Dubai, United Arab Emirate
International Women's Day, Erbil, Iraq

2006
Daemons, Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, USA

2005
Accademia di Arte e Design, Florence, Italy