Artist Crush: Hayv Kahraman

Hayv Kahraman was born in Baghdad and raised in Sweden. Her work deals with many themes related to her Iraqi heritage, the subjugated role of women in this traditional culture and the experience (a personal one for her) of a refugee. She is superbly adept at translating these issues into her art which hums with beauty and poignancy.

Of her series Extimacy Kahraman stated, “Having these women violently detaching their limbs, for me, is very reminiscent of the psyche of a refugee, and that sense of detachment you have from your land that you’ve had to leave behind. That’s the idea of the diasporic women, who are fragmented, or cyborgs almost. They’ve had to give up part of themselves.” – New York Times via Jack Shainman

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