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Hayv Kahraman

Born in 1981, Baghdad, Iraq

Lives and works in Los Angeles, United States


Hayv Kahraman is an Iraqi artist whose practice encompasses painting, performance and sculpture. Her practice engages with gender identity and the patriarchy that she perceives within her own culture, as well as the Othering of the diasporic subject who has been displaced from their homeland. Kahraman’s paintings are formally beautiful, fragile and subtly painted onto linen or wooden board. But while subjects sometimes hold the gaze of their viewer, they are undeniably subdued and mournful. In r...Read more