In 2015, K placed a large bell in the Arsenale for “All the World’s Futures
,” the Okwui Enwezor-curated exhibition at the 56th Venice Biennale. In fabricating the bell, the 41-year-old Iraqi musician and artist asked an Italian foundry to decorate it with depictions of Assyrian gods, a response to the destruction of countless antiquities by ISIS. The metal poured into the bell’s mold? Melted down cast-off weapons straight from Iraq’s front lines. In 2016, K mounted a solo show
at prescient Berlin gallery KOW
, restaging his installation It’s Spring and the Weather is Great so let’s close all object matters
(2012), for which he created seven step ladders with microphones and instruments attached for a performance initially meant to take place at Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park that was eventually mounted in 2010 at the Serpentine Galleries
. And in June, he was named recipient of the Schering Stiftung award (following past winners like
). It will afford K a solo show at Berlin’s KW Institute of Contemporary Art
opening in June of next year. He has also been selected for inclusion in Adam Szymczyk’s Documenta 14, which takes place in Athens, Greece, in addition to its traditional home of Kassel, Germany, in 2017.