2016 Arnold Bode prize

Schering Stiftung Art Award

Upcoming exhibitions

2017 Documenta 14 (group exhibition)

KW (solo show)


2016 This Lemon Tastes of apple, KOW

2015 Home Works, Kunsthalle C, Stockholm, curated by Jenny Richards

2014 MY FATHER´S COLOR PERIODS / Prometeon Gallery Milan

2012 Festival Internacional de Las Artes de Castillay
FOR A FEW SOCKS OF MARBLES / Laboratorios 987 at MUSAC, León / Spain curated by Leire Vergara

2011 AS IF IT WAS HERE LONG BEFORE / Solo show, Kunstbuero, Vienna, curated by Aneta Szylak    


2009 QATEES / Prometeo Gallery Milan

2007 COOKING WITH MAMA / Babel lounge at the Babylon exhibition, Pargamonmuseum Berlin & United Nations Plaza, Berlin, Germany

Group exhibitions

2015 56 Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor.
Freedom at the Barricades? Växjö Konsthall, Sweden. Curated by Martin Chibli

2014 Parle Pour Toi, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris curated by Marie Muracciole This Lemon Tastes of Apple, New Museum, NY
Rendez-Vous Sortie De Mon Corps, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, curated by Olivier Marboeuf

2013 Flatness, Oberhausen Film Festival, curated by Shama Khanna
Possession, Khiasma, curated by Olivier marboeuf
RENDEZ- VOUS SORTIE DE MON CORPS, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin
This Lemon Tastes of Apple, Relevant Music, Villa Elisabeth, Berlin
This Field is to the Sky, Only Backwards, ISCP Gallery, curated by Aneta Szylak
This Lemon Tastes of Apple, Impakt festival, Utrecht
The Reader, BAK, curated by Benjamin Fallon
Schizophnia, Synagogue de Delme, curated by Anna Colin & Sam Thorne
Video Screening, La Gallerie, Paris, curated by Emily Renard
«Have the wanderers of yesterday become today’s backpackers?» curator: Martin Schibli

2012 Materiality, Alternativa 2012, curated by Arne Hendriks, Ines Moreira, Aneta Szyłak and Leire Vergara
What the Barbarians did not do, did the Barberini, 2012 curated by Maria Alicate.
Intense Proximity, a La Triennale Paris, curated by Okwui Enwezor
Edgware Road project, Serpentine Gallery, curated by Janna Graham, London
Hayward Touring Exhibition, Hayward Gallery London 2011, curated by Karyn Culeman-Mojika

2011 Chicago Boys While We Were Singing They Were Dreaming. Collaboration with Casco and If I Can Dance…
Studio Dispatches at Art Dubai, United Arab Emirates curated by Victoria Brooks
Estrangement, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, in the framework of Alternativa 2010-2012, co-curated with Aneta Szylak
Labor and Leisure, curated by Aneta Szylak, in the framework of Alternativa 2010-2012

2010 Estrangement Project, The Showroom, London, co-curated with Aneta Szylak
Chicago Boys, When We Were Singing While They Were Dreaming, Center for Possible Studies, Serpentine Gallery, London
Open Eye Award Gala, KOW Gallery, Berlin 2010
Chicago Boys, When We Were Singing They Were Dreaming, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, in the framework of Alternativa 2010-2012
Dwelling In Travel, Art Today Association, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, curated by Andrea Wiarda and Katia Anguelova
This Story Is Not Ready For Its Footnotes, X Elettrofonica, Rome, Italy curated by Pelin Uran and Camilla Pignatti Morano

2009 All that is Solid Melts into Air, City Visions, Mechelen, Organized by MuHKA, Belgium, curated by Bart de Baere
The View from Elsewhere, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane curated by Catherine Weir and Mark Nash
Cooking with Mama, Summer Drafts, Bolzano, curated by Paolo Plothegers
The Inescapable Experience of Translation, curated by Season 5, Ecole du Magazin, Grenoble, France
7th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil

2008 Manifesta 7 The Rest of Now, X- Alumix in Bolzano, Italy, curated by Raqs Media Collective
Cooking with Mama, webcast project, Staedelschule, Frankfurt, Germany and 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, California, USA

2007 Cooking with Mama, webcast project for Intimacy, Submission, Performance Festival, Goldsmiths College, University of London, Digital Department
Cooking with Mama, webcast event for World Chat 7080 at Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk
You won’t feel a Thing: On Panic, Obsession, Rituality and Anesthesia, curated by Aneta Szylak, Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk, Poland

2006/2007 Participation in The Institute for New Social Research, a project organized by the United Nations Plaza e.V., Berlin, Germany

2006 You won’t feel a Thing: On Panic, Obsession, Rituality an Anesthesia, Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany, curated by Aneta Szylak, selected for (the never realized) Manifesta 6 Exhibition as a School in Cyprus.

Grants received

2015 Kunstfonds to take part at 56 Venice Biennale

2014 Göthe Institute for Chicago Boys project in Amman

2012 IFA Grant to take part in Alternativa 2012

2011 IFA Grant to make a presentation of Estrangement Project in Sazmanab, Teheran

Study trips

2007 IFA, Study trip to Istanbul to pursue research for Estrangement project at Platform Garanti, Istanbul


2012 MACRO, Rome, Italy

2010 Serpentine Gallery, London, in the framework of the project, Edgware Road: Center for Possible Studies, curated by Janna Graham and Sally Tallant

2009-2010 ACC Gallery Weimar, Germany



Here And Elsewhere catalogue, New Museum 2015.
Here and Elsewhere, New Museum 2014, NY.
My Father´s Color Periods 2014, Prometeo Gallery. Edited by Aneta Szylak, Alfredo Cramerotti,Hiwa K and Francecsca Recchia
59. International Oberhausen Film Festival
Using His “Penkie” as Weapon, Jordan Times, interview with Stefan Branisavljevic
The View from Elsewhere, exhibition catalogue, edited by Fiona Egan,Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 2009, pp. 37, 86
Catalogue Intense Proximity, Palai de Tokyo, Edited by Okwui Enwezor 2012

Group Affinity publication, Kunstverein Munich, 2011
All that is Solid Melts Into Air, exhibition catalogue, ed. Dieter Roelstraete, MuHKA 2009
You won’t Feel a Thing, exhibition catalogue, ed. Christiane Mennicke, Aneta Szylak, Kunsthaus Dresden, 2007
7th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil 2009
Hiwa K, YA5 volume 1 issue 2 June 2011 by David Knowles
Group Affinity publication, Kunstverein Munich, 2011
Catalogue students of Simon Starling class, Städelschule Frankfurt
Catalogue Intense Proximity, Palai de Tokyo, Edited by Okwui Enwezor 2012
Catalogue Manifesta 7
Estrangement, Edited by Aneta Szylak

Newspapers and magazines:

Nicholas Blincoe, Middle Eastern Nostalgia for the 1970s, Guardian, April 19, 2010
Collin Perry, Estrangement, Art Monthly, June 10, 2010, pp. 20-21
Hiwa K, interview by Benjamin Lobko, Landings Magazine no1/2009
Drawings, A Prior Magazine, VZW no 13, 2006, pp.152-165
Monika Branicka, Nic nie poczujesz – o lęku i przestrzeni, Architektura no 1(148), 2007, p.12
Photo, Umelec magazine 2/ 2012, cover


2015 (Upcoming) MA students, Goldsmith College, London, UK

2014 Cooking with Mama, MA Raumstrategien, Weissensee

2013Chicago Boys, Makan art space, Amman

2012 Summer Arts Intense, Sada/Echo, Iraq
We Are The Time, Rietveld Aademie, Amsterdam

2011 Affinity Group, summer school Munich Kunstverein, Germany
We Are The Time, Rietveld Aademie, Amsterdam
DAI Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem, 2011The Netherlands
Forever Academy - The New DIY Art School 2011, Swansea, Wales
Hoogeschool voor Kunsten, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2010 Goldsmith College, London, UK

2009 Estrangement Workshops Amna Suraka, Aram Gallery and Sha’ab Teahouse in Sulaymaniyah and Erbil, Iraq, with Aneta Szylak
American University of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

2008 Estrangement Workshops in Art Institute in Halabja, Aram Gallery and Amna Suraka in Sulaymaniyah and Media Center in Arbil, Iraq, with Aneta Szylak

Talks and Lectures

2014 Chicago Boys While We…, at Makan atr space, Amman

2012 State of Unrest Northern Iraq., London, UK
Chicago Boys While We Were Singing They Were Dreaming. Royal College of Art, London
We Are The Time Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam

2011 Kunstverein Munich, Germany

2010 Bulegoa, Bilbao, Basque Country, with Aneta Szyłak
Centre for Possible Studies/ Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
Journey With No Return Goethe Institute London, UK, with Janna Graham
Artist presentations and discussion, Chaired by David Thorp with Adrian Paci and Hiwa K, Artes Mundi Encounters, National Museum, Cardiff, Wales
Homeworks, Ashkal Alwan Beirut, Lebanon
Goldsmiths College, London

2009 KASK, Ghent

2008 Summer Draft, Lungomare Gallery, Bolzano
Media Centre, Arbil, Iraq