Artist Hayv Kahraman shares a reading list accompanying her exhibition Gut Feelings currently on at The Mosaic Rooms. In this new work, the artist delves into scientific research to situate the effects of trauma in the body and to investigate methodologies of physical healing and care. These readings form some of the artists research when developing this latest body of work:
Staying with the trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene (2016) by Donna Haraway
Mushrooms at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (2015) by Anna Tsing
Ungovernable Life: Mandatory Medicine and Statecraft in Iraq (2017) by Omar Dewachi
Writings by Miriam Ticktin
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1987) by Gloria Anzaldúa
An Apartment on Uranus: Chronicles of the Crossing (2019) by Paul P. Preciado
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma (2014) by Bessel van der Kolk
My Grandmothers Hands (2021) by Resmaa Menakem
Browse through the books at The Mosaic Rooms bookshop online and in gallery.
About the artist
Hayv Kahraman is an Iraqi artist based in Los Angeles whose figurative paintings examine the gendered and racialized body politics of migrant consciousness. Her work is a reflection on Otherness as a form of dehumanisation, focusing on the gap between the immigrant, non-white, genderly marked other and the way they are perceived by the white hetero-patriarchal normative same. Her work has been exhibited at ICA Boston, Boston (2020); Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2020); De La Warr Pavilion, United Kingdom (2019); Nottingham Contemporary, United Kingdom (2019); Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, Claremont (2018); Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) St. Louis, St. Louis (2017); Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha (2017); Rubell Museum, Miami (2016); Cantor Arts Center, Stanford (2013) and the Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2009). Forthcoming shows include: The Touch of Otherness, The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah (2022) and ICA San Francisco, San Francisco (2023).
Photo by Eric Aydin-Barberini.