Kani is an Iraqi Kurdish artist whose work reflects upon the socio-political circumstances of Kurdish women in Iraq and seeks to challenge inequality of opportunity and represent their marginalised voices. She is also interested in revealing the importance of forgotten and hidden women’s stories. Her art practice aims to expose the relationship between nature and culture, and the construction of gender in society. Art becomes a tool to critique inequality and spread awareness among people living in Iraq region. Kani produces works in photography, installation, needlework, video and sound. In general human hair is an important aspect of her art, in particular her own hair which is apparent in many areas of her art practice. Hair, as an involuntary product of the human body, represents politics, gender, fetish, abjection, memory and also the uncanny when transformed into a separate element from the body. Therefore, she often uses her own hair as the material with which to articulate the notion of conflict and repression.
Kani also holds an MA in [fine art] from Middlesex University, London, with the artist Sonia Boyce as her tutor and is currently studying for a PhD in [fine art] at Manchester Metropolitan University.
2019-2024 PhD student, 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
Artist in residency felloship (Fix wats broken) at the Academy in Exile, Freie University in Berlin. To read about the residency click here..
CASE event at Portico libary, organised by Manchester University and IPOW.
- Participated in A Thousand Channels, Colomboscop festival in Sri Lanka, episode three by Syma Tariq.
- Artists for Artists (AfA) Masterclass: Language Is Never On The Ground 2022
- The II International Video Performance Competition LPG 2021 at the University of Querétaro, Mexico.
- Making Spaces, a research project exploring feminist responses and survival strategies during the Covid-19 lockdowns. published zine in the Baltic library.
- Textile and place, online.
- The 11th edition of the Kurdish Film Festival in (Babylon Cinema as Moviemento, Kreuzberg and FSK Kino) in Berlin.
- Brouhaha commissioned collaboratione sound project with artist Sherko Abbas by HOME for Push festival, Manchester.
- May flames pave the way for You, Kurdish contemporary artist group show at NOMUS museum, Poland.
- 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. https://feministspaces.net/
- 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.