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Artist Drawing Club: Sound Wounds

with Hayv Kahraman
Thursday, Aug 25, 6:30–9 PM
Free with museum admission ($5 after 5 PM)
Artist Hayv Kahraman highlights the friction between memory and narrative through her personal history as an Iraqi émigré first to Europe and ultimately the United States. New works recall a recurring sonic theme in the artist’s most taunting memories — the warning call of the siren. Sound as a modality of power is well ingrained in military strategy, with long range acoustic devices (LRADs) transmitting localized, extremely high decibel noise, literally using sound as a weapon. The violence of sound and the ways in which people resist it are at the heart of her current work.

For Sound Wounds, Kahraman is collaborating with Aswat, the Bay Area’s premier Arab Music Ensemble, to interpret and perform a visual score throughout the night. This score is created by audience members arranging the different components of Hayv’s interactive painting. Ensemble members include Basma Edrees, Claire MacKenzie, 
Elise Youssoufian, Rana Mroue, and Stephanie Akers. 

About the Artist
Hayv Kahraman was born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1981, and now lives and works in Los Angeles.  Narrative and memory, dynamics of impermanence and ambivalence found in diasporic cultures are the essence of her visual language and the product of her experience as an Iraqi émigré. The body as object and subject have a central role in her painting practice.  

Kahraman’s recent solo exhibitions include Collective Performance, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, and Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; How Iraqi are you?, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; and Extimacy, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai. Recent group exhibitions include No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; UNREALISM: Presented by Larry Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch, Miami; and June: A Painting Show, Sadie Coles HQ, London. Kahraman was shortlisted for the 2011 Jameel Prize at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Presenting Sponsor

Asian Art Museum's Artists Drawing Club series is made possible with generous support from Cathy and Howard Moreland.