Hayv Kahraman is an Iraqi artist whose demure, sculptural paintings deal with the victimization and displacement of women, all through the quiet, striking eyes of her waxen-faced figures.
The body as object and as subject has a central function within my work. I believe it is the means in which culturally dictated concepts of spatiality are produced. Therefore, through an ontological investigation of the human figure I am able to generate an impetus leading to a reconstruction of binary understandings within contemporary thought.
Issues that have claimed my attention throughout the trajectory of my work include an ongoing exploration in social spatiality in which notions of hybridity, diaspora and the third space are prevalent. Evoking concepts of socially coded modes of thought and behavior, gender based issues, dynamics of nonfixity and ambivalence found in diasporic cultures are all the essence of my visual language and the product of my experience as an Iraqi immigrant.
Through a vocabulary of narrative and exploration I try to contest and renegotiate boundaries found in social and political space. Whether expressed figuratively in paintings or abstractly in installations the underlying thread is the attempt to decipher notions of space.