Hiwa K is an Iraqi Kurdish artist, and musician living in Berlin. He graduated from secondary school in Iraq and continued education in the self-educational circles of his home country with other visual artists, intellectuals, musicians and theatre artists. He completed flamenco guitar studies with the master Paco Peña, which led to working for several years in that field. Subsequently, he returned to visual arts and graduated in the Akademie der Bildende Kunst in Mainz, Germany and was a guest student at Städelschule Frankfurt with Simon Starling.
His projects appear to be a continuous critique of art education, the professionalization of art practice, of staging and visibility as well as the myth of the individual artist. Many of his works are forms and outcomes of collaborations and have to do with the process of teaching and learning and insist rather on getting to know as everyday practice than knowledge as a formalized discipline.
His work has been presented in Manifesta 7 in Bolzano, The Showroom in London, MuHKA Antwerp, MUSAC, Spain, The Serpentine Gallery, London, La Triennale, Paris, Alternativa, Gdansk and De Appel in Amsterdam, amongst others.