Book and Cover
Title: Hayv Kahraman
Author/Editor: Edited by Rebecca McGrew
Publisher: Pomona College Museum of Art
Design Firm: Content Object
Creative Director: Kimberly Varella
Art Director: Kimberly Varella
Book Designer: Kimberly Varella
Jacket Designer: Kimberly Varella
Photographer: Pp. 5–6, 16–18: Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, photography: Ian Byers-Gamber; pp. 19–21: Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, photography: Jason Findley; pp. 28–29: © Hayv Kahraman, courtesy of the artist and Third Line Gallery, Dubai; pp. 53–69, 75–96: photography; Ian Byers-Gamber.
Los Angeles–based artist Hayv Kahraman (born 1981) creates exquisite paintings and other wall works that address diasporic cultural memory, feminine collectivity and gender identity through her personal history as an Iraqi émigré first to Europe, then to the US. This artist's book explores how her visual language merges her biography as an immigrant in a multiplicity of styles—including Persian miniatures, Japanese illustrations and Italian Renaissance paintings—creating a discourse between Eastern “otherness” and Western concepts of beauty. The key figure in the paintings represents Kahraman as a colonized woman; the repetitive nature of her work and the act of shredding and mending presents a history of displacement, loss and trauma. The book includes never-before-published images of the artist's work and her performance texts, plus new essays and poetry.
This exquisite book is the perfect vessel for this artists’s extraordinary work. It is respectfully quiet, giving the work its full attention. The book's appropriate use of fleshy pink pages with essays and text at the back of the book gives a full immersion into Kahraman's amazing and surprising images. The pages, too, offer surprises: translucent pages, color shifts, and orange and teal typographic accents work superbly for clarity and ease of reading. — Lucinda Hitchcock
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