“Your work resonates because it is so humble, because of this horizontality. In addition to the humor, there is also the poetry—or, let’s say, the poetic prose—that you excel at, and which you use to express dark, complex, and personal subjects, such as your experiences of war, migration, and estrangement.”
Publication: “Belonging without a Home: Hiwa K and Amin Alsaden in Conversation,” Art Journal Open (November 17, 2022).
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Image: Hiwa K, Ida Pisani, KOW Berlin