Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet: The Works of Hiwa K

Contributors: Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Natasha Ginwala, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Aneta Szyłak, and Bakir Ali.

Publisher: Walther König Verlag.

Publication Date: May 31, 2017.

244 pp. Colour illustrations.

Last time I saw my mom before my farewell, I said, 'Mom, I am leaving for good. I don’t know…maybe I will not make it like the other 28 people who got shot last week.' She said 'Son, if death comes, don`t panic. It is just death.'

Hiwa K, “Don’t Panic”, 2016

Covering over decade of projects, Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet: The Works of Hiwa K provides the first comprehensive account of the artist’s practice to date. Edited by Anthony Downey, with a foreword by Heike Catherina Mertens and Krist Gruijthuijsen, the volume includes essays by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Natasha Ginwala, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Aneta Szyłak, and a conversation between the artist and Bakir Ali. A series of texts have been prepared and revised by the artist, and he has also included a collection of anecdotes that recount gossip, stories, jokes, personal insights, conundrums, and aphorisms garnered from multiple sources. These have all been translated into Kurdish for the first time. The volume is fully illustrated and will contain extended notes on the works.

 Read the full essay 'Unbearable States: Hiwa K and the Performance of Everyday Life' by Anthony Downey by following this link :  

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 Don’t Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet: The Works of Hiwa K was launched at KW (Berlin) on 31 May 2017, and at Documenta 14 (Kassel) on 11 June, 2017.

                                  

(from left:) Hiwa K, Adam Szymczyk, Natasha Ginwala, Anthony Downey. Documenta 14 Book launch of Don't Shrink Me to the Size of a Bullet: The Works of Hiwa K, Edited by Anthony Downey, Walther König Verlag, 2017. Image copyright Jens Kohlen