Intrinsic to Hayv Kahraman's work is the aesthetic and conceptual fusion of cultures that is characteristic of the increasingly global and multicultural experience of life today. Exploring issues of both gender and the empowerment of women, Kahraman's subversive figurative narratives reflect societal concerns and defy doctrinal behavioural patterns. The figures are semi-realistically rendered symbolic representations of the modern platonic form of the feminine, an ambiguous existence on the cusp of dejection and defiance.

Included in the 9th Sharjah Biennial was Domesticated Marionettes, a series of paintings created between 2008-09.

Kahraman's work has been seen widely in solo and group exhibitions including Saatchi Gallery, London (2009), Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2009), an Artist Project at Volta, New York (2009) and the Sharjah Biennial (2009). A graduate of the Accademia di Arte e Design di Firenze, Italy and the University of Umea, Sweden, Hayv Kahraman was born in Baghdad, 1981 and currently lives and works in Phoenix, USA.

October 2010

This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 9


Kahraman, Hayv

Domesticated Marionettes

This dichotomy or battle of the opposites encompasses the human condition as a whole and exposes our universal values together with our detestable errors.