Opening: June 1, 2017, 7–10 pm
Two ambitious solo exhibitions survey the work of Australian artist Nicholas Mangan and Iraqi-Kurdish artist Hiwa K—winner of the Schering Stiftung Art Award 2016. Mangan’s work maps our (colonial) understanding of land, trade, and economics through the lens of geology and systems theory, while Hiwa K’s autobiographical constructs form the backdrop for performative interventions in which vernacular forms, oral histories, and political constructs are intertwined.
Don’t Shrink me to the Size of a Bullet
Schering Stiftung Art Award
KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the Schering Stiftung present Don’t Shrink me to the Size of a Bullet by artist Hiwa K (born 1975), winner of the Schering Stiftung Art Award 2016. For the exhibition at KW, the artist presents a selection of works from the past ten years as well as an ambitious new production, co-produced by the Schering Stiftung, with support of the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
Forced to leave his home country for political reasons, the disconnection with what was formally known as “home” is crucial to the artistic inquiry undertaken by Hiwa K. This question drives the artist to produce work in which vernacular forms, oral histories, and political constructs are intertwined. The various references in his practice consist of stories told by family members and friends, found situations, and everyday encounters that evolve around make-shift solutions and pragmatic approaches to often complex ideas and concepts. In this capacity, the artist attempts to retain the traditions surrounding his upbringing while also obtaining the knowledge that will help him to further integrate into newer environments.
The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive publication, which presents the entirety of the artist’s oeuvre to date. The publication, Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet, is edited by Anthony Downey and is published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.
The exhibition Hiwa K: Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet. Schering Stiftung Art Award is a collaboration between the Schering Stiftung and KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
Supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
— Nicholas Mangan
Limits to Growth
Limits to Growth is the first survey exhibition by Australian artist Nicholas Mangan (born 1979, AU) and a unique introduction to the depth and variety of Mangan’s practice to European audiences. With a strong research base in both history and science, Mangan’s work addresses a range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity’s relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures, and the complex dynamics of the global political economy. At KW Mangan’s solo exhibition brings together five key projects produced over the last nine years in conversation with a new film production. The show lends its title from the work Limits to Growth (2016), which was produced for the touch and which explores the relationship between two monetary currencies: Rai, large stone coins from the Micronesian island of Yap, and Bitcoin, a digital currency allegedly invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008.
The survey exhibition was developed jointly by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin with Monash University Museum of Art in Melbourne (MUMA), and the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane (IMA). The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive publication published by Sternberg Press. It includes newly commissioned texts by Ana Teixeira Pinto and Helen Hughes, along with a conversation between the artist and Barcelona-based curatorial office, Latitudes.
The exhibition Nicholas Mangan: Limits to Growth is generously supported by the Australian Government as part of the cultural initiative Australia now Germany 2017. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
(Image: Nicholas Mangan, Nauru – Notes from a Cretaceous World, 2010, video still)