MATTINA HIWAIZI

MATTINA HIWAIZI

 

Can you tell us a bit about your work in THIS IS issue 1? They are some photographs I took whilst in Kurdistan visiting my family. 

What kind of things do you try to address in the work you make? I explore the miscommunication between the English and Kurdish culture of which I belong to both. I make films, books and essays that aim to untangle the complex politics within the world through metaphors and fairy tales.

Who is one of your least favourite artists? Probably any artist who has acted abusively and yet still has a thriving career. 

Which piece artwork inspires the work that you like to make? A film called The Tower by Hito Steyerl that explores the Iraq National Observatory and how it was bombed during the Iraq/Iran war. I loved it so much it's why I started making films and also I went to the same mountain to make a film as homage. 

Your go-to Karaoke song? I've never done Karaoke. 

Is courgette a fruit or a vegetable? Something like a pea for example, whilst technically a fruit, is eaten as a vegetable. The same can be said for courgettes and squashes. The simplest way to identify which is a fruit and which is a vegetable is that fruit has seeds. So in a cucumber the seeds run through the middle of the plant.