Kapwani Kiwanga, ‘Ground’, 2012, Jérôme Poggi

About Kapwani Kiwanga

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.

Canadian, b. 1978, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, based in Paris, France

Solo Shows

Musée d’art de Joliette, 
Quebec, Canada,
Sunlight by Fireside
Paris, France,
Surface Tension

Group Shows

The Blue Hour