Kapwani Kiwanga

Kapwani Kiwanga

Kapwani Kiwanga’s work often manifests as installations, sound, video, and performance. She intentionally confuses truth and fiction in order to unsettle hegemonic narratives and create spaces in which marginal discourse can flourish. As a trained anthropologist and social scientist, she occupies the role of a researcher in her projects. Her methodology includes fashioning systems and establishing protocols as in scientific experimentation to delineate lenses through which one can observe culture and it’s characteristic propensity toward mutation. Afrofuturism, anti-colonial struggle and it’s memory, belief systems, vernacular and popular culture are but some of the research areas which inspire her practice.

Selected works

Exhibitions

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Biography

Biography

Kapwani Kiwanga

Born in Hamilton, Canada
Lives and works in Paris

Education

2009
Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, France

 

2005–2007
Research program at L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris

 

1998–2002
Study of anthropology and religions at Université McGill, Montréal

Prizes / grants / residencies

2018
Winner of 2018 Sobey Art Award


Short-listed for 2018 Sobey Art Award

 

Frieze Artist Award, New York

 

Artpace residency San Antonio, Texas

 

2017
Prix Meurice 2017, Paris

 

Finis terrae Residency Sémaphore du Créac’h, Ouessant

 

2015

Research grant for the project Afrotunnel
Centre national des arts plastiques  (Cnap)

 

2012
Louis Lumière grant: development grant for the documentary Maji Maji
Institut Français

 

2011
Writing grant for the documentary Maji Maji

Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC)

 

2009
Special jury mention for the film Bon Voyage
CinéRail International Festival, Paris

 

2008
Project grant, Canada Council for the Arts

Production grant, Paris municipality

 

2006
Best Documentary prize for Bon Voyage
Filmets international short film festival, Badalona

 

2004
Two nominations for Rooted: Best first film and Best new director, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
Professional development grant, Scottish Arts Council

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2020

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford

 

Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

 

Capture Photo Festival, Vancouver

 

Goodman Gallery, London

 

Pasquart Kunsthaus Centre d’art, Biel

 

Le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France. curator Claire Le Restif 

 

Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris

 

2019
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

Sunlight by Fireside: The Ash Annals
The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge

 

Safe passage
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambrigde, Massachusetts

 

2018
ENCLOSURE
LE PARVIS – Centre d’Art Contemporain, Ibos

 

Surface Tensions
Galerie Jerome Poggi, Paris

 

Sunlight by Fireplace
Museé d’art de Joliette, Joliette

 

Shady
Frieze Artist Award, Frieze Art Fair, New York

 

ring the bells that still can ring…
there is a crack in everything
Artpace, San Antonio

 

Soft Measures
Tramway | Glasgow International 2018

 

A wall is just a wall (and nothing more at all)
Esker Foundation, Calgary

 

Strata
CLARK, Centre d’art et de diffusion, Montreal

 

Clearing

Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario

 

2017
The Sun Never Sets
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

 

Kapwani Kiwanga: Flowers for Africa
Or Gallery, Vancouver

 

Linear
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

Afrogalactica
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin

 

A wall is just a wall
Power Plant, Toronto

 

The sum and its parts
Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago

 

2016
Armory Show
New York, Commissioned artist 2016

 

Ujamaa
La Ferme du Buisson
 Noisiel

 

Rumours Maji was a lie
Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen

 

Subduction Zones
Le Granit
, Belfort

 

2015

Mediated Measures
Viafarini, Milan

 

Kijeketile Suite
South London Gallery, London

 

A Memory Palace
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

Trace Evidence

École Supérieure d’Art et Design de Valence

 

Continental Shift
Galerie Jerome Poggi, Paris

 

2014
Maji Maji

Jeu de Paume, Paris

 

Falible Witnesses

Galerie Karima Celestin, Marseille

Performances
(selected)

2019
Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Düsseldorf

 

2018
Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
EMPAC, Troy, New York

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
The Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary

 

Afrogalactica II: The Black Star Chronicles

Fonds d’art contemporain de la Ville de Genève – Médiathèque, Geneva

 

Afrogalactica III: The deep space scrolls

Fonds d’art contemporain de la Ville de Genève – Médiathèque, Geneva

 

2017
A Conservator’s Tale

La Ferme de Buisson, Noisiel, France

 

Afrogalactica II: The Black Stars Chronicles
MOMENTUM 9, Oslo

 

Afrogalactica II: The Black Stars Chronicles

KIOSK and KASK School of Arts

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future

La Colonie, Paris

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Fonds d’art contemporain de la Ville de Genève – Médiathèque, Genève

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Konsthall C, Farsta

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Images Festival, Toronto

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV)

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future

Documenta 14, Athen

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
House of Commons, Portikus, Frankfurt

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Momentum Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Sweden

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin

 

2016
Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Cycle Music and Art Festival 
Kópavogur

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen

 

2015
A Conservator’s tale
Bétonsalon, Paris

 

To Speak of Things You Have
Not Seen
South London Gallery, London

 

Collecting the invisible

Laboratoire d’Aubervilliers

 

The deep space scrolls
African Futures, Goethe Institut, Johannesburg

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Lille Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Maison Rouge, Paris

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
FRAC, Champagne-Ardenne

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Le Phénix, National theatre of Valenciennes

 

The Black Star Chronicles
École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Kunstcentrum Gent

 

2014
Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Exodus International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Lubijana

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Tate Modern, London

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Art 14, London

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Tate in collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Centre Pompidou, Paris

 

Maji Maji: Fragments of a screenplay
Stadtmuseum, Karlsruhe

 

The Deep Space Scrolls
Maxim-Gorki-Theater, Berlin

 

The Deep Space Scrolls
Home Cinema, Lausanne

 

The Deep Space Scrolls
Fondation Ricard, Paris

 


The Black Star Chronicles
Fondation Ricard, Paris

 

The Black Star Chronicles
FRAC Loraine, Metz

 

The Black Star Chronicles
Belluard Bollwerk international, Fribourg

 

A Spell to Bound the Limitless
Grand Palais, Paris

 

Telepathic Relay
Hebel am Ufer, Berlin

 

Museum of the Blind
Ethnographic Museum, Berlin

 

A Conservator’s Tale
Jeu de Paume, Paris

 

2013
Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Centre Pompidou, Paris

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Fondation Ricard, Nice

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
CRAC Alsace, Altkirch

 

2012
Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Arts Catalyst, London

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Fondation Ricard, Paris

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
La Villa Arson, Nice

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Savvy Contemporary, Berlin

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Contrechamp, Nantes

 

Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Grand Palais, Paris

Group exhibitions (selected)

2020
Seismic Movements
Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka

 

Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University/Tufts University Art Galleries, Medford

 

2019

Leave No Stone Unturned
Le Cube – independent art room, Rabat

 

Monitoring
36. Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest, Kassel

 

Art Exchange, University of Essex, Colchester

 

Trésors de l’islam en Afrique. De Tombouctou à Zanzibar
Musée Mohammed VI d’art moderne et contemporain, Rabat

 

Toronto Biennial of Art
Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto

 

The Sorcerer’s Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn
The Contemporary Austin, –

 

MOMENTA 2019 | The Life of Things
MOMENTA Biennale De L’Image, Montreal

 

Le fil d’alerte, Prix Ricard 2019
Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris

 

Material Tells
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square, Oakville

 

Some of Us – an overview on the French Art Scene – NordArt 2019
Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf

 

Undefined Territories: Reflections on Postcolonialism
MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona

 

Demonstrationsräume
Albertinum – Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, –

 

Is This Tomorrow?
Whitechapel Gallery, London

 

Selection of works from the collection
Arsenal – Contemporary Art Contemporain, Montreal

 

Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams
Serpentine Galleries , London

 

2018
The Artist is Present
Yuz Museum Shanghai

 

De fils ou de fibres
Centre d’art contemporain de Meymac

 

Extra states: Nations in Liquidation
Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp

 

The Artist Is Present

Yuz Museum Shanghai

 

Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the American Justice System
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

 

Do You See What I Hear?
Dazibao, Montréal

 

Chapter 3: Variations on Time
ACUD Galerie, Berlin

 

The Landis Museum

Chapter Thirteen|Glasgow International 2018

 

The Blue Hour
The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

 

Stories for Almost Everyone

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

 

2017
Memories of the Future
Tate, Liverpool

 

Momentum
Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Sweden

 

House of Commons
Portikus, Frankfurt

 

Contact
Photography Festival, Toronto

 

Soundings: Protest|Politics|Dissent
Power Plant Gallery, Durham, USA

 

Agir dans son lieu
Galerie Duchamp Centre d’Art Contemporain de la Ville d’Yvetot

 

Tous, des sangs-mêlés
Mac Val, Vitry-sur-Seine

 

Beautiful Africa

La Galerie du 5ème, Marseille

 

Pattern
Maison des Arts de Laval, Quebec

 

Lucy’s Iris
Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno – CAAM, 
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

 

DÉMASQUER: Arts et sciences en Afrique
Association pour la Promotion Scientifique de l’Afrique (ASPA), Paris

 

Afro-Tech and the Future of Re-Invention

Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Dortmund

 

SANS TAMBOUR NI TROMPETTE – Cents ans de guerres [Chap.4]
LE PARVIS – Centre d’art contemporain , Ibos

 

LES GRANDS VOYAGEURS
diagonale, Montréal

 

Faits Alternatifs
FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême

 

botánica
Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco

 

In Eyedenia, A City of the Future
Yermilov Center, Kharkiv

 

Flowers are Documents – Arrangement I & II
ar/ge kunst, Kunstverein di Bolzano

 

What is one to do with such a clairvoyant image?
Trinity Square Video, Toronto

 

Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who Is In Power
KIOSK and KASK School of Arts, Gent

 

LEARNING FROM BIG MISTAKES

Galerie Tanja Wagner, New York

 

Horses on Rollerblades
Konsthall C, Hökarängen

 

Almost There
Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center,
Diliman, Quezon City

 

Unravelings
Meter Art Space, Copenhagen

 

Témoin
Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris

 

(Un)mediated Nature
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

2016
Uriel Orlow: Mafavuke’s Trial and Other Plant Stories
The Showroom, London

 

Between One Time and Another
Temporary Gallery, Cologne

 

Social Fabric: African Textiles Today
Galerie William Morris, London

 

Parlons-en. Œuvres de la collection
Musée départemental d’art contemporain, Rochechouart

 

Still (the) Barbarians
EVA International Biennale, Limerick

 

Botany under the Influence
ApexArt, New York

 


Change of Heart
Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles

 

Cycle Festival
Kopavagur

 

Run Run Run
Villa Arson, Nice

 

Hors Sol
FRAC Poitou-Chartenes, Angoulême

 

Lucy’s Iris
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Cstilla y León

 

2015
The Big Other
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

Lubumbashi Biennale
Lubumbashi

 

What we call love
IMMA Dublin

 

Atopolis
Manège de Sury, Mons

 

A Century of Centuries
SALT Galata, Istanbul

 

Post African Futures
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

 

Mythophoeia
Tiwani Contemporary, London

 

Kontrollmodus Feedback
Halle 14, Leipzig

 

Edge of Silence
Goodman Gallery, Cape Town

 

A Century of Centuries

SALT Galata, Istanbul

 

Does not Equal

W139, Amsterdam

 

La vérité des apparences – histoires de symboles, de motifs et de langage

La Tôlerie, Clermont-Ferrand

 

La vérité des apparences – histoires de symboles, de motifs et de langage
Galerie de Roussan, Paris

 

Cosmogonies

Galerie Arnaud Lebfevre, Paris

 

2014
Outside
The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm

 

Appropriations
Ethnographic Museum, Berlin

 

Oracular Vernacular
MAMO, Marseille

 

Matérialisme Histérique
Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris

 

2013
Tamis et le sable
Maison Populaire, Montreuil

 

Cyclicités
Galerie Le Manège, Dakar

 

ChinAfrique
Galerie du Buisson, Paris

 

Backstory: Creative Ruminations
Paris College of Art

 

2012

Synchronicity II
Tiwani Contemporary, London

 

Houille Blanche, Terre Froide

Treignac Project, Treignac

 

2011

Synchronicity

Photoquai et Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris

 

Kaleidoscope Arena

4th Road to Contemporary Art, Rome

 

Carte Blanche AfricAmerica

Anis Gras, Arcueil

 

Filmer la Musique

Point Ephémère, Paris

 

2010
169A2

28 rue du Château d’eau 75010, Paris

 

2009
Panorama 11

Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing

 

Alt-W: New Directions in Scottish Digital Culture

Glasgow Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow

 

2008
Panorama 9-10

Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing

 

Double Take

Korean National University of the Arts, Seoul

 

2007
In the Centre Pompidou
Centre Pompidou, Paris

 

2006
DepART

Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur

 

Kuala Lumpur Tour et Retour

Ècole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris

 

2005
Bienal Internacional de Arte
Contemporáneo, Almería

 

Ricochet

Stills Gallery, Edinburgh

Kapwani Kiwanga

Born in Hamilton, Canada
Lives and works in Paris

Monographs

Kapwani Kiwanga: Structural Adjustments, The Power Plant, Toronto 2018

 

Maji Maji. Livre d’artiste, Jeu de Paume (Ed.), Paris 2014

 

 

Catalogues

THE GAGARIN BOX – 2000-2016: Analog Shuffle, Kapwani Kiwanga, Gagarin, Antwerp 2017

 

PRŌTOCOLLUM: Global Perspectives on Visual Vocabulary, Safia Dickersbach, Dickersbach Kunstverlag, Berlin 2016

 

Le Chercheur et ses doubles, Sandra Delacourt, Katia Schneller, Vanessa Theodoropoulou, Paris 2016

 

WTNOTN – What’s The Name of This Nation, Le Cube, Rabat 2015

 

What We Call Love. From Surrealism to now, Christine Macel, Rachael Thomas (Eds.), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 2015

 

All Aliens, Catalogue d’exposition Cosmogonies, Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Paris 2015

 

Le Tamis et le sable, Maison populaire, Montreuil 2013

 

Panorama 11, Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing 2009

 

Panorama 9-10, Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing 2008

 

Double Take, La Seine en Corée, La Corée en Scène, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris 2007

 

Kuala Lumpur, tour et retour, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Paris 2006

 

In the Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou, Paris 2006

 

Albiac: Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Almería 2006

Articles

 Sculptures confront the brutal history of radicalized surveillance in the US, by Hyperallergic, March 2019

 

At ‚MIT‘, Minimalism meets Meaning, Boston Globe, March 2019

 

Kapwani Kiwanga Wins 2018 Sobey Art Award, by Artforum, November 2018

 

Deconstructing in light and colour: Kapwani Kiwanga in the 2018 Sobey Art Award by National Gallery of Canada, September 2018

 

À l’heure de l’afrocyberféminisme by Maxime Delcourt, by Video Art, June 2018

 

Alien Nation by Ana Teixeira Pinto, by Mousse Magazine, June 2018

 

Frieze Artist Award winner Kapwani Kiwanga takes on colonialism, The Art Newspaper, May 2018

 

Kapwani Kiwanga: shades of Mondrian at Frieze, Financial Times, May 2018

 

On the Hunt for Artistic Gems at Frieze, New York Times, May 2018

 

Frieze New York: how this year’s art fair got political, The Guardian, May 20M1a8y 3, 2018

 

What To See at Frieze New York, L’Officiel, May 2018

 

Those Cracks Which Allow Things to Grow out of Them Are Interesting to Me, Frieze, May 2018

 

Throwing Shade, Sleek, March 2018

 

Kapwani Kiwanga Brings ’Shade’ to Frieze New York, Frieze, February 2018

 

Kapwani Kiwanga Wins Inaugural Frieze Artist Award, Artforum, February 2018

 

Kapwani Kiwanga Named Winner of the Frieze Artist Award, artnews, February 2018

 

Inside the culturally loaded works of Kapwani Kiwanga, Interview Magazine, December 2017

 

Kapwani Kiwanga, Artforum International Magazine, May 2017

 

Kapwani Kiwanga, Frieze, April 2017

 

Two Erie Installations, From One Buzzy Artist, New York Times, March 2016

 

Up and Coming: Armory Artist Kapwani Kiwanga, Artsy, February 2016

 

Commissioned Artist Named for Armory Show, The New York Times, October 2015

 

“I am no longer a purist…” Kapwani Kiwanga in conversation with Magnus Rosengarten, Contemporary And – Platform for International Art from African Perspectives, March 2015

 

Review: Kapwani Kiwanga, Maji Maji at Jeu de Paume, Paris by Vanessa Morisset, ESSE arts + opinions 2014

 

Maji-Maji de Kapwani Kiwanga. La relecture intime d’un chapitre de la lutte anticoloniale en Tanzanie by Erika Nimis, Africultures, July 28, 2014

 

Tour d’horizon des nouvelles expositions du Jeu de Paume: Oscar Muñoz, Kati Horna et Kapwani Kiwanga by Capucine Michelet, Actuphoto, June 3, 2014

 

Cyclicités by Cathryn Drake, ArtForum, Summer 2013

 

Kapwani Kiwanga: une artiste stellaire by Carole Diop, Afrikadaa, June 2013

 

A Quite Place in the Universe by Raphael Brunel, Volume Magazine №5, October 2012 – April 2013

 

Kapwani Kiwanga: Space is the Place by Caroline Hancock, Savvy Journal №4, Winter 2012

 

Kapwani Kiwanga: Sun Ra dans l’Espace, Afrofuturisme, et Afrogalactica by Juliette Soulez, Blouartinfo, December 27, 2012,

 

Kapwani Kiwanga: Space is the Place by Caroline Hancock, Zerodeux Magazine №62, Summer 2012

 

We’re Spartacus! by Mitch Miller, Rough Cuts, August – September 2006

 

Profile: Kapwani Kiwanga, Scottish Arts Council, March 2005

 

City’s French film reigns in Spain, The Edinburgh News, November 14, 2005

 

Visual Arts Review, Ricochet Stills by Anne-Marie Watson, Edinburgh Issue 535, November 2005

 

Paris: Bon Voyage, Film Review by Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film, October 3, 2004

 

Whatever happened to saving things because they are beautiful? by Ian Bell, The Herald, July 28, 2004

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