Kani Kamil

Born in Iraq, lives and works in the United Kingdom.She is a member of the ‘Travelling Heritage Bureau’ in Manchester: project by Digital Women’s Archive North (DWAN). Kani’s work reflected on the socio-political circumstances of Kurdish women in Iraq, and sought to challenge inequality of opportunity and represent the marginalising voices. She is interested in revealing forgotten and hidden stories that need to be remembered. Her works aim to expose the relationship between nature and culture, and the construction of gender in society. Kani produces works in photography, installation, needle-work, video and sound,  frequently using her own hair as the main material to articulate the notion of conflict and repression. Kani holds a Masters Degree from Middlesex University London, with Sonia Boyce as a tutor and currently a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University.


2019  PhD candidate, Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester.

2013   Master’s degree, Fine art, Middlesex University London.

2006  Bachelor’s degree, Fine art /Ceramic, University of Sulaimany college of fine art, Iraq.

Collective Exhibitions and performances 


  • Upcoming project (Brouhaha) commissioned collaboratione sound project by HOME for Horizons festival, Manchester.


  • Participation in a commissioned research project (Making Spaces) with the Feminist Space group from the University of Huddersfield. 
  • Participation in a research project (Girlhood and later life) this project is by Prof Penny Tinkler from Manchester University, led by Dr Jenna Ashton. Here you can find about that project.
  • (Let the flame precede you) a group show of Kurdish contemporary artist at the Arsenal Gallery, Poland. Curated by Aneta Szylak.
  • (Pot-holder) commissioned project by Kirklees council with women in exile at Huddersfield and Dewsbury women centre.


  • (Speaking Across Mountains) at the Middle East Institute, Washington D.C, curated by Heba Elkayal. 
  • ( Everyday Object), a collaboration project with the University of
    Huddersfield and University of Salford in Manchester, Kate Smith, and Kelly Lockwood. part of The listening Guide in Feminist Narrative Research conference.  
  • The Hull International Photography Festival, exhibition at the HIP Gallery in Hull.
  • (Disclosure Up North), a photography exhibition at Mirabel Studios in Manchester.
  • ( Feminist Space ), a collaboration project with the University of
    Huddersfield and women center in Huddersfield.
  •  Performance with sound artist Tarek Atoui in (The Shuffle Orchestra)at the Calder, The Hepworth Wakefield, United Kingdom part of Yorkshire Sculpture International.
  • (Cohere), V&A London, the project produced by Geoff Brokate, and Nina Emmett as a curator.
  • (Cohere), HOME Manchester, the project produced by Geoff Brokate, and Nina Emmett as a curator.


  •   (Still, I rise) at the Manchester art gallery, directed by Yusra Warsama, Manchester.
  •  A group exhibition of (The Traveling Heritage Bureau) artists in  Alice Kettle project (Thread Bearing witness )at Whitworth art gallery/ Manchester.
  • (A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN) an exhibition by Traveling Heritage Bureau, The Alexandria Library, Manchester, curated by Jenna C. Ashton.
  •  (Slowness) at (TRAFO, trafostacji art in szczecin) , Poland, curated by Aneta Szylak
  • (The Traveling Heritage Bureau) HOME gallery/ Manchester, curated by Jenna C. Ashton.


  • (contemporary visions | Video art in loop) worldwide, curated by Roberto Ronca.


  • (Clamor) at the Institute of fine art Sulaimany/Iraq, the project curated by Sherko Abbas.
  • Group show at the Kurdish House in London, curated by Kosha Hussain.
  • (Homunculus) Asylum Caroline Garden’s chapel in London, curated by Rikha Samir.
  • (Arising) at Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland, the project curated by Yoko Ono working with women in an installation produced from testaments of harm and their eye’s photo.


  • (18th international open) at woman made gallery (WMG), Chicago. Curated by New Zealand artist Gill Gatfield.


  • The sound performance (When the Wild instrument sing) initiated by visual artist Sherko Abbas at Goldsmith University London.
  • (Her Used boots and panties) at Vyner street gallery, London.
  • (Sexism) at Indra and Samia gallery, London.
  • (Stop the war) at Indra and Samia Gallery, London.


  • Participated in the MA fine art show at Middlesex University, London.
  • (Eye-Eye) at Mile End art pavilion gallery, London, curated by  Jeremy Akerman.
  • (Out of this world) fine art student show at Middlesex University, curated by Farhana Hussain and Michelle Brown, London.


  • group show for sculpture and Ceramics, Arbil/ Iraq
  • (Forth festival of the college of art) at Sulaimany University, Sulaimany.


  • (Women’s international Day) at Tawar Hall in Sulaimany.


  • 2011 award Research scholarship to study  MA in fine art Middlesex University, London.