Hiwa A.Perdawood

I make paintings, photos, and drawings. By rejecting objective truth and global cultural narratives, I create an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of my own perception and is forced to reconsider my biassed stance.

My work urges society to renegotiate painting as being part of a reactive or, at times, autistic medium that comments on oppressing themes in our contemporary society. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, I investigate the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to society. Instead of presenting a true reality, an illusion is created to evoke the realms of society's imagination.

Moreover, I establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its creator. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By applying abstraction, I create intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.

Furthermore, works does not refer to a recognisable form.The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretations become multifaceted. I currently live and work in Erbil, which is located in southern Kurdistan (Iraq).

  • 2006-2007 Fine Arts Institute at Erbil
  • 2010-2011 College of Fine Arts, Salahaddin University
  • 2014 Master of Fine Arts, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom