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

Exhibitions

News

News

Kapwani Kiwanga
Kipwani Kawanga wins Duchamp Prize with installation referencing African independence
By Anna Sansom
The Art Newspaper
October 20, 2020
Kapwani Kiwanga
1 Million Roses for Angela Davis
Group exhibition
Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden
October 10, 2020 - January 24, 2021
Kapwani Kiwanga
Vorhang auf
By Catrin Lorch
Süddeutsche Zeitung
October 9, 2020
Kapwani Kiwanga
DER ÖFFENTLICHKEIT - VON DEN FREUNDEN HAUS DER KUNST: Kapwani Kiwanga. Plot
Solo exhibition curated by Damian Lentini
Haus der Kunst, Munich
October 09, 2020 - April 25, 2021
Kapwani Kiwanga
Prix Marcel Duchamp
Group exhibition
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
October 07, 2020 - January 04, 2021
Kapwani Kiwanga
Solo exhibition
FKA Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
September 20, 2020 - January 17, 2021
Kapwani Kiwanga
Nine Lives
Group exhibition curated by Karsten Lund and Caroline Picard
Renaissance Society, Chicago
September 12 - November 15, 2020
Kapwani Kiwanga
Things Entangling | A Collaboration between MOT and KADIST
Group exhibition
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
June 09 - September 27, 2020
Kapwani Kiwanga
FRANK WALTER: A RETROSPECTIVE
Group exhibition
MUSEUM ᴹᴹᴷ FÜR MODERNE KUNST, Frankfurt am Main
May 16 - November 15, 2020
Kapwani Kiwanga
BC Hydro Dal Grauer Substation
Solo exhibition curated by Kate Henderson
outdoor art commission, Capture Photo Festival, Vancouver
April 02, 2020 - March 01, 2021
Kapwani Kiwanga
HAVE YOU SEEN A HORIZON LATELY?
Group exhibition curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi
Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech
February 25 - July 19, 2020
Kapwani Kiwanga
So wie wir sind 2.0
Group exhibition curated by Janneke de Vries
Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen
February 14, 2020 - January 31, 2021
Kapwani Kiwanga
Seismic Movements
Group exhibition curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt
Dhaka Art Summit
February 07 - 15, 2020
Kapwani Kiwanga
Solo exhibition curated by Stefanie Gschwend
PASQUART - Kunsthaus Centre d’art, Biel
February 02 - April 05, 2020
Kapwani Kiwanga
Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System
Group exhibition curated by Risa Puleo
School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University/Tufts University Art Galleries, Medford
January 23 - April 19, 2020
Kapwani Kiwanga
Powerful and elegant: Galerie Tanja Wagner's Under the Cover of Darkness
By Anna Larkin
EXBERLINER
January 17, 2020
Kapwani Kiwanga
2020 Marcel Duchamp Prize Nomination
ASSOCIATION FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DIFFUSION OF FRENCH ART, Paris
December 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Leave No Stone Unturned
Group exhibition curated by Clelia Coussonnet
Le Cube – independent art room, Rabat
November 14, 2019 - January 31, 2020
Kapwani Kiwanga
The awardees of the 36th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival
36. Kasseler Documentary Film and Video Festival
November 12 - November 17, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Monitoring – Exhibition for Time-Based Media Art
Group exhibition
36th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel
November 12 - November 17, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Art Exchange
Group exhibition curated by Jessica Twyman
University of Essex, Colchester
November 08 - December 21, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Trésors de l’islam en Afrique. De Tombouctou à Zanzibar
Group exhibition curated by Institut du monde arabe
Musée Mohammed VI d’art moderne et contemporain, Rabat
October 16, 2019 - January 25, 2020
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Performance
Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Düsseldorf
October 10, 2019 at 8:30
Kapwani Kiwanga
Kapwani Kiwanga Has More Questions
by Ginanne Brownell Mitic
The New York Times
October 2, 2019
Frieze Art Fair, 2019
With a solo presentation by Kapwani Kiwanga
Frieze Art Fair
Regent’s Park
October 3-6, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Group exhibition curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien
Toronto Biennial of Art
September 21 - December 01, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
The Sorcerer’s Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn
Group exhibition curated by Heather Pesanti
The Contemporary Austin
September 14, 2019 - January 19, 2020
Kapwani Kiwanga
Le fil d’alerte, Prix Ricard 2019
Group exhibition curated by Claire le Restif
Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris
September 09 - October 26, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
MOMENTA 2019 | The Life of Things
Group exhibition curated by María Wills Londoño
MOMENTA Biennale De L'Image, Montreal
September 05 - October 13, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Sunlight by Fireside: The Ash Annals
Solo exhibition curated by Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre and Kristy Trinier
The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge
June 23 - September 8, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Material Tells
Group exhibition curated by Daisy Desrosiers
Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square, Oakville
June 23 - September 8, 2019
Art Basel | Unlimited
with a solo presentation by Kapwani Kiwanga
Art Basel
June 13 -16, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
9 Dinge, die Sie auf der Art Basel nicht verpassen sollten
by Elke Buhr und Saskia Trebing
monopol
June 12, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
The 6 Best—and Riskiest—Artworks at Art Basel Unlimited, Where the Fair’s Supersized Artwork Shines
by Tim Schneider & Kate Brown
artnet
June 11, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Some of Us – an overview on the French Art Scene - NordArt 2019
Group exhibition curated by Jérôme Cotinet-Alphaize
Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Büdelsdorf
June 1 - October 13, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Undefined Territories: Reflections on Postcolonialism
Group exhibition curated by Hiuwai Chu
MACBA - Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
May 17 - November 20, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Performance
Black.Art.Empowerment: I see, I speak, I am movement
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Montreal
April 19 and 20, 2019 at 8pm
Kapwani Kiwanga
Sculptures Confront the Brutal History of Racialized Surveillance in the US
by John Pyper
Hyperallergic
March 25, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
is the Winner of the Inaugural Étant Donnés Prize 2019
C&
March 11, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Demonstrationsräume
Group exhibition curated Isabelle Busch & Kathleen Reinhardt
Albertinum - Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
March 2, 2019 - June 2, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
At MIT, Minimalism meets meaning
by Murray Whyte
Boston Globe
February 21, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Is This Tomorrow?
Group exhibition by Lydia Yee
Whitechapel Gallery, London
February 14, 2019 - May 12, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Safe passage
Solo exhibition curated by Yuri Stone
MIT List Visual Arts Center
February 8, 2019 - April 21, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Selection of works from the collection
Group exhibition
Arsenal - Contemporary Art Contemporain, Montréal
February 6 - August 5, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Grace Wales Bonner: A Time for New Dreams
Group exhibition
Serpentine Galleries, London
January 19, 2019 - February 16, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
KAPWANI KIWANGA en conversation avec GRÉGORIA LAGOURQUE
by Grégoria Lagourque
Klima Magazine
November 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica III: Deep Space Scrolls
Performance
Bienal de São Paulo
November 17, 2018 at 2.45 pm
Kapwani Kiwanga
Kapwani Kiwanga wins 2018 Sobey Art Award
e-flux
November 16, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Kapwani Kiwanga Winner of 2018 Sobey Art Award
National Gallery of Canada
November 14, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica III: Deep Space Scrolls
Performance
Galeria Municipal do Porto, Rivoli - Auditório IAC
November 9, 2018 at 5 pm
Kapwani Kiwanga
ENCLOSURE
Solo exhibition
LE PARVIS - Centre d'Art Contemporain, Ibos
November 7, 2018 - January 12, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
The Artist is Present
Group exhibition curated by Maurizio Cattelan
Yuz Museum Shanghai
October 10 - December 17, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Sobey Art Award
Group exhibition
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
October 3, 2018 - February 10, 2019
art berlin, 2018
with works by Šejla Kamerić, Kapwani Kiwanga, Anna Witt
art berlin, Flughafen Tempelhof, Hangar 5 and 6
Booth 2. E. 2.
September 27-30, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Extra States: Nations in Liquidation
Group exhibition curated by iLiana Fokianaki
Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp
September 22 - December 16, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the American Justice System
Group exhibition curated by Risa Puleo
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston
August 25 - January 6, 2019
Kapwani Kiwanga
Sunlight by Fireplace
Solo exhibition
Musee d'art de Joliette
June 9 - September 9, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Au Coin Du Feu
Artist talk
Musee d'art de Joliette
June 2, 2018 at 5 pm
Kapwani Kiwanga
The Landis Museum
Group exhibition
CCA - Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry
May 26 - July 26, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrocyberfeminisms
Afrogalactica II: The Black Star Chronicles
Performance
Gaîté Lyrique, Paris
May 23, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Kapwani Kiwanga short-listed for 2018 Sobey Art Award
National Gallery of Canada
May 4 - 6, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Chapter 3: Variations on Time
Group exhibition
ACUD MACHT NEU, Berlin
April 27 - May 27, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Kapwani Kiwanga: shades of Mondrian at Frieze
By Jan Dalley
Financial Times
May 3, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
On the Hunt for Artistic Gems at Frieze
By Roberta Smith
The New York Times
May 3, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Frieze New York: how this year's art fair got political
The Guardian
May 3, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Kapwani Kiwanga Named Winner of the Frieze Artist Award
artnews.com
May 4 - 6, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Soft Measures
Solo exhibition
Tramway | Glasgow International 2018
April 20 - June 17, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
The Landis Museum
Group exhibition
Chapter Thirteen | Glasgow International 2018
April 20 - May 7, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
The Blue Hour
Group exhibition
The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
April 6 - June 24, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Do You See What I Hear?
Group exhibition
Dazibao, Montréal
March 29 - June 2, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
ring the bells that still can ring... there is a crack in everything
Group exhibition
artpace, San Antonio
March 22 - May 13, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Throwing Shade: Kapwani Kiwanga on history and Donna Harraway
by Sophia Lawler
SLEEK Magazine
March 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
A wall is just a wall (and nothing more at all)
Solo exhibition
Esker Foundation, Calgary
February 2 - May 6, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Stories of Almost Everyone
Group exhibition curated by Aram Moshayedi
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
January 28 - May 6, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Strata
Solo exhibition
CLARK, Centre d'art et de diffusion, Montréal
January 11 - February 19, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Clearing
Solo exhibition
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford, Ontario
January 10 - March 11, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Inside the culturally loaded works of Kapwani Kiwanga
by Austen Tosone
Interview Magazine
December 8, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Pattern
Group exhibition
Maison des Arts de Laval, Quebec
November 26, 2017 - February 4, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
In Search of Hidden Truths: Kapwani Kiwanga’s ‘The Sun Never Sets’
by Sipho Mdanda
ArtThrob - Contemporary Art in South Africa
November 15, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
DÉMASQUER: Arts et sciences en Afrique
Group exhibition
Association pour la Promotion Scientifique de l'Afrique (ASPA), Paris
November 8, 2017 - January 8, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Performance
Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Dortmund
October 26, 2017, 8 pm
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afro-Tech and the Future of Re-Invention
Group exhibition curated by Inke Arns and Fabian Saavedra-Lara
Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV), Dortmund
October 21, 2017 - April 22, 2018
Kapwani Kiwanga
The Sun Never Sets
Solo exhibition
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
21 October – 18 November, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Kapwani Kiwanga: Flowers For Africa
Galleries West Magazine
September 25, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Kapwani Kiwanga: Flowers for Africa
Solo exhibition
Or Gallery, Vancouver
September 9 - October 14, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
LES GRANDS VOYAGEURS
Group exhibition curated by Ann Stouvenel
diagonale, Montréal
September 1 - October 7, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Kapwani Kiwanga
by Jessica Karuhanga
BlackFlash
Issue 34.3, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
botánica
Group exhibition curated by Todd von Ammon
Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
July 13 - August 29, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Review: Kapwani Kiwanga / Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
by William Kherbek
Samizdat Magazine
July 10, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Performance at HALLUCINATIONS (Live / Cinema / Festival) on the invitation by Ben Russell
at documenta 14, Athens
June 24, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
In Edenia, A City of the Future
Group exhibition curated by Yevgeniy Fiks
Yermilov Centre, Kharkiv, Ukraine
June 8 - July 31, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica II: The Black Star Chronicles
Performance at KIOSK, Ghent
June 1, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Flowers are Documents – Arrangement I & II
Group exhibition curated by Emanuele Guidi
ar/ge kunst, Bolzano, Italy
May 26 - July 29, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Performance at Media Library of the City of Geneva, Switzerland
May 11, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Performativer Dialog »Das soziale Leben des Universums«
Performance at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart
May 5, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
What is one to do with such a clairvoyant image?
Group exhibition
Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada
May 5 - June 3, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Critic's picks
by Kristian Vistrup Madsen
ARTFORUM
May, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Die besten Kunst-Spaziergänge durch Berlin
by Lisa Zeitz, Christiane Meixner, Tim Ackermann u.a.
DIE ZEIT
April 29, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who Is In Power
Group exhibition
KIOSK, Ghent
April 28 - June 16, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Gallery Weekend Berlin
by Sofia Lemos
art agenda
April 28-30, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Berlin – Unterwegs zum Gallery Weekend
WELTKUNST
April 26, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future
Performance at The Power Plant, Toronto
April 21, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica
Solo exhibition
The Institute of Things to Come, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
April 13 - May 14, 2017
Galerie Tanja Wagner – New York
LEARNING FROM BIG MISTAKES
Ulf Aminde, Annabel Daou, Paula Doepfner, Nilbar Güreş, Šejla Kamerić, Kapwani Kiwanga, Laurel Nakadate, Grit Richter, Angelika J. Trojnarski
March 31 - April 9, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Conversations on Art
Artist talk
Fondation D'entreprise Ricard, Paris
March 8, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
The Power Plant, Toronto – exhibition review
by Frances Loeffler
FRIEZE
April 6, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Almost There
Group exhibition
Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
March 2 - May 6, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Horses on Rollerblades
Group exhibition
Konsthall C, Hökarängen, Sweden
February 25 - May 7, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
A wall is just a wall
Solo exhibition
The Power Plant, Toronto
January 28 - May 14, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Unravelings
Group exhibition
meter, Copenhagen
January 23 - April 2, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
The sum and its parts
Solo exhibition
Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago
January 20 - March 12, 2017
Kapwani Kiwanga
Strata
Group exhibition curated by Eva Wilson Kópavogur
Cycle Music and Art Festival, Iceland
October 27 - 30, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
RUN RUN RUN
Group exhibition
Villa Arson, Nice
October 2 - December 30, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
Uriel Orlow: Mafavuke’s Trial and Other Plant Stories
Group exhibition
The Showroom, London
September 28 - November 19
Kapwani Kiwanga
Meet 9 Canadian women changing the game
by ELLE Canada
September 15, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
Botany under Influence
Group exhibition organized by Clelia Coussonnet
Apexart, New York
September 7 - October 22, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
"Rumors that Maji was a lie…
Solo exhibition
Stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway
August 19 - October 16, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
EVA Biennale: 2016 - Edition - Still (the) Barbarian
curated by Koyo Kouoh
Limerick City Gallery of Art
April 16 - July 17, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
A conversation with the artist
OCULA
March 30, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
Two Eerie Armory Installations, From One Buzzy Artist
by Julie Baumgardner
New York Times
March 3, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
Kapwani Kiwanga's Archival Explorations
by Emily McDermott
Interview Magazine
March 2, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
The Armory Show Review
by Jason Farago
The Guardian
March 4, 2016
The Armory Show, 2016
with a solo presentation by Kapwani Kiwanga
The Armory Show, Piers 92 & 94, New York
March 3 - 6, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
Up and Coming: Armory Artist Kapwani Kiwanga
by Emily Nathan
Artsy
February 24, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
Parlons-en. Œuvres de la collection / Let's talk about Art
Group exhibition
Musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart, France
February 27 - June 12, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
Solo Exhibition
La Ferme de Buisson, Noisiel
April 24 - October 9, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
Hors Sol
FRAC Poitou-Charnetes
February 12 - May 14, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
Subduction Zones
Solo exhibition
Le Granit, Belfort
March 5 - April 19, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica: A Brief History of the Future
Performance at
Lille métropole musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Lille
December 17, 2015 16.30 pm
Kapwani Kiwanga
A Conservator’s Tale
Performance at FIAC, Paris
October 22, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
4th Biennale of Lubumbashi
October 20 - November 8, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
Commissioned Artist Named for Armory Show 2016
by Robin Pogrebin
Armory Show 2016
March 3 – 6, 2016
Annabel Daou and Kapwani Kiwanga
What We Call Love
Group exhibition curated by Christine Macel
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
September 12, 2015 – February 14, 2016
Kapwani Kiwanga
Kontrollmodus Feedback
Group exhibition curated by Elena Agudio & Michael Arzt
Halle 14, Leipzig September
12 - November 8, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
Edge of Silence
Group exhibition
Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
July 23 - August 29, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica: A Brief History of the Future
Performance at La Maison Rouge, Paris
July 9, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
Story of a Conservator
Performance
Bétonsalon, Paris
June 25, 2015 7-8 pm
Kapwani Kiwanga
Mediated Measures
Solo exhibition curated by Simone Frangi
Viafarini, Milano
June 18 - July 16, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
Atopolis
Group exhibition organized by Wiels in collaboration with Mons 2015
Manège de Sury, Mons in cooperation with WIELS Contemporary Art Center, Brussels
June 13 – October 18, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
To speak of things you have not seen
Lecture-performance at
South London Gallery, London
May 20, 2015 7 pm
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica II: The Black Star Chronicles
Performance at
ENSBA, Beaux-Arts de Paris
May 7, 2015 4:30 pm
Kapwani Kiwanga
storytelling through art
by Giulia Franceschini
IAM AFRICA MAGAZINE
April 29, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
Afrogalactica: A Brief History of the Future
Performance at
Exodos International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, Ljubljana
April 20, 2015 6 pm
Kapwani Kiwanga
Kinjiketile Suite
Solo exhibition
South London Gallery, London
April 15 - 7 June, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
The deep space scrolls
Performance at
Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard, Paris
March 30, 2015 7 pm
Kapwani Kiwanga
I am no longer a purist…
Magnus Rosengarten in conversation with Kapwani Kiwanga
Contemporary And
March 28, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
AFROGALACTICA : a brief history of the future
Performance at Kunstencentrum Vooruit, Ghent
March 14, 2015 7pm
Kapwani Kiwanga
Does Not Equal
Group exhibition
W139
March 13 - April 12, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
Telepathic Relay
Performance
HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
March 12, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
AFROGALACTICA : a brief history of the future
Performance
Le Phénix - Scène National de Valenciennes
March 11, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
A Century of Centuries

Group exhibition
SALT BEYOĞLU, Istanbul
March 10 – May 24, 2015
Kapwani Kiwanga
Trace évidence

Solo exhibition
École Supérieure d’Art et Design, Valence 
March 5 - 20, 2015

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

2020

Winner of Prix Marcel Duchamp 2020

 

2019
Winner of Inaugural Étant Donnés Prize

 

Winner of Golden Cube – 36. Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest

 

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)

2021
Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine

 

2020

Plot

Haus der Kunst, Munich

 

Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam 

 

Kapwani Kiwanga
Pasquart Kunsthaus Centre d’art, Biel

 

Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris

 

2019

Under the cover of darkness
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)

2021

This is Not Africa – You Must Unlearn What You Have Learned
ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum

 

Prélude
Fondation LUMA, Arles

 

Middelheim Museum, Antwerpen 

 

Floral Matters
Bröhan-Museum Landesmuseum für Jugendstil, Art Deco und Funktionalismus, Berlin 

 

2020

1 Million Roses for Angela Davis
Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden

 

Spring of 2020
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

BC Hydro Dal Grauer Substation Public Art Project
Capture Photography Festival, Vancouver

 

Made of Honey, Gold, and Marigold
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

 

Chronique d’une collection
FRAC Grand Large – Hauts de France, Dunkerque

 

The Way We Are 2.0
Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen

 

Nine Lives
The Renaissance Society, Chicago

 

Frank Walter: A retrospective
Museum MMK für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt

 

The Power of My Hands
Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris

 

Cinco itinerarios y un punto de vista
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León

 

La Peur au Ventre
Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris

 

1 Million Roses
Albertinum Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

 

Prix Marcel Duchamp
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

 

Constelaciones
Museo de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero,
Buenos Aires

 

Things Entangling
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

 

Seismic Movements
Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka

 

HAVE YOU SEEN A HORIZON LATELY?
MACAAL – Musée d’Art Contemporain Africain Al Maaden, Marrakech

 

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