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Kapwani Kiwanga

Canadian, b. 1978

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Kapwani Kiwanga

Canadian, b. 1978

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Biography

Working with sound, film, performance, and objects, Kapwani Kiwanga relies on extensive research to transform raw information into investigations of historical narratives and their impact on political, social, and community formation. The Paris-based artist’s work focuses on sites specific to Africa and the African diaspora, examining how certain events expand and unfold into popular and folk narratives, and revealing how these stories take shape in objects and oral histories. Trained as an anthropologist, Kiwanga performs this role in her artistic practice, using historical information to construct narratives about groups of people. Kiwanga is not only invested in the past but also the future, telling Afrofuturist stories and creating speculative dossiers from future civilizations to reflect on the impact of historical events.

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Solo show at a major institution
Jeu de Paume
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Group show at a major institution
Hammer Museum
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Glasgow International, and 1 more
Biography

Working with sound, film, performance, and objects, Kapwani Kiwanga relies on extensive research to transform raw information into investigations of historical narratives and their impact on political, social, and community formation. The Paris-based artist’s work focuses on sites specific to Africa and the African diaspora, examining how certain events expand and unfold into popular and folk narratives, and revealing how these stories take shape in objects and oral histories. Trained as an anthropologist, Kiwanga performs this role in her artistic practice, using historical information to construct narratives about groups of people. Kiwanga is not only invested in the past but also the future, telling Afrofuturist stories and creating speculative dossiers from future civilizations to reflect on the impact of historical events.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Jeu de Paume
Group
Group show at a major institution
Hammer Museum
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Glasgow International, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Kapwani Kiwanga
Can an Irish Biennial Reimagine Colonial History?
Apr 18th, 2016
Can an Irish Biennial Reimagine Colonial History?
Up and Coming: Meet Kapwani Kiwanga, the Emerging Artist Challenging What You Learned in History Class
Feb 24th, 2016
Up and Coming: Meet Kapwani Kiwanga, the Emerging Artist Challenging What You Learned in History Class
8 Projects Asserting Contemporary African Art’s Equal Standing to Unfold at The Armory Show
Feb 2nd, 2016
8 Projects Asserting Contemporary African Art’s Equal Standing to Unfold at The Armory Show
16 Emerging Artists to Watch in 2016
Dec 16th, 2015
16 Emerging Artists to Watch in 2016
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