Kapwani Kiwanga, 2016. Photo: Bertille Chéret. Courtesy galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris.

Kapwani Kiwanga

Lives and works in Paris.
Biography
Kapwani Kiwanga is a Franco-Canadian artist represented by galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris; Goodman gallery, Johannesburg and Cape Town; Tanja Wagner gallery, Berlin.

Kapwani Kiwanga studied Anthropology and Comparative Religion at McGill University in Montreal and Art at l’école des Beaux-Arts de Paris.

In 2018, Kiwanga received the Frieze Artist Award (USA) and was also the winner of the annual Sobey Art Award (CA).

Solo exhibitions include MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (USA); Albertinum museum, Dresden (DE); Artpace, San Antonio (USA); Esker Foundation, Calgary (CA); Tramway, Glasgow International (UK); Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo, Turin (IT); Power Plant, Toronto (CA), Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago (USA); South London Gallery, London (UK); and Jeu de Paume, Paris (FR).

Selected group exhibitions include Whitechapel Gallery, London (UK); Serpentine Galleries, London (UK); Yuz Museum, Shanghai (CHN); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (CA); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (USA); CCA – Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry (UK); Centre Pompidou (FR); The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (CA); and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (USA).

Kiwanga’s work traces the pervasive impact of power asymmetries by placing historic narratives in dialogue with contemporary realities, the archive, and tomorrow’s possibilities.

Her work is research-driven, instigated by marginalised or forgotten histories, and articulated across a range of materials and mediums including sculpture, installation, photography, video, and performance.

Kiwanga co-opts the canon; sheturns systems of power back on themselves, in art and in parsing broader histories. In this manner Kiwanga has developed an aesthetic vocabulary that she described as “exit strategies,” works that invite one to see things from multiple perspectives so as to look differently at existing structures and find ways to navigate the future differently.

Photo Gallery
Kapwani Kiwanga, Flowers for Africa: Nigeria, 2014, signed protocol by artist including iconographic documents, variable dimensions, unique piece. Installation view « A Time for New Dreams », Serpentine Galleries, 2019 © photo: readsreads.info. Collection NOMAS Foundation, Rome (IT). Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris.
Kapwani Kiwanga, Shady, 2018, shadecloth, steel, paint, 
400 x 810 x 410 cm, 
unique piece. Installation view, Frieze Artist Award at Frieze New York, New York (USA), 2018. © photo Marc Blower/Frieze. Courtesy of the artist and galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris / Goodman gallery, Johannesburg and Cape Town / Tanja Wagner gallery, Berlin.
Kapwani Kiwanga, White: Gold Morogoro, 2016, sisal fiber, metal bars, wire rope, 600 x 500 x 400 cm, unique. Installation View, « Ujaama » at Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel (FR), 2016
. © photo Emile Ouroumov. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris.
Kapwani Kiwanga, Afrogalactica, 2012-ongoing. Live reading with video projection at Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin (DE), 2014. © photo Emma Haugh. Courtesy of the artist.
Kapwani Kiwanga, Jalousie, 2018, steel tubing, two-way mirror, 220 x 320 x 10 cm, 3 ex + 1AP. Installation view, « A Wall is Just a Wall (and nothing more at all) », Esker Foundation, Calgary (CA), 2018. © photo John Dean. Courtesy of the artist and galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris / Tanja Wagner gallery, Berlin.
Kapwani Kiwanga, pink-blue, 2017, Baker-Miller pink paint, white paint, white fluorescent lights, blue fluorescent lights, variable dimensions, 3 ex + 1 AP. Installation view« A wall is just a wall», The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (CA), 2017. © photo Toni Hafkenscheid. Courtesy of the artist and galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris / Tanja Wagner gallery, Berlin.
Kapwani Kiwanga, Vumbi, 2012, HD video, colour, sound, 31’, 3 ex + 1 AP, video stills. Courtesy of the artist and galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris / Goodman gallery, Johannesburg and Cape Town / Tanja Wagner gallery, Berlin.