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Kapwani Kiwanga

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Flowers for Africa, 2012–ongoing Protocol Written And Signed By The Artist, Iconographic Documents Unique Artworks, Dimensions Variable © Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris
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Flowers for Africa, 2012–ongoing Protocol Written And Signed By The Artist, Iconographic Documents Unique Artworks, Dimensions Variable © Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris
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Flowers for Africa, 2012–ongoing Protocol Written And Signed By The Artist, Iconographic Documents Unique Artworks, Dimensions Variable © Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris
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from White Gold series, presented at The Armory Show | Focus: African Perspectives, 2016 © Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin, and Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris
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Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future, 2011–ongoing Performance: Live Reading With Video Projection 40 Min © Courtesy of the artist
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Flowers for Africa, 2012–ongoing Protocol Written And Signed By The Artist, Iconographic Documents Unique Artworks, Dimensions Variable © Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris
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A Memory Palace (Winter garden) , Detail 2015 4 Channel Sound Installation, Floral Arrangement In Ceramic Bowl, Inkjet Prints, Slides Installation View At Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Tanja Wagner
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Turns of Phrase Fig. 1 (Upendo), 2012 Fabric And Wood 4 X 3 X 53 Cm © the artist
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Lion empaille © Courtesy of the artist and the Jeu de Paume
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© Courtesy of the Artist
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© Courtesy of Kapwani Kiwanga
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Jérôme Poggi
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Hamilton, Canada
Birth year
1978
Lives in
Paris
Works in
Paris
Statement

Born in 1978 in Hamilton, Ontario (CA). Lives and works in Paris (FR)

In her most recent works Kapwani Kiwanga appears like a scientist, mobilizing her knowledge in social sciences to develop research projects. Following a singular methodology, she creates specific protocols she uses like filters to observe specificities and capacity to change of cultures ; the result can take the form of installations, videos or happenings.

Kapwani Kiwanga studied anthropology and comparative religion at McGill University (Montreal, CA). She has followed the program "La Seine" at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, and also works at Le Fresnoy (a french national center for contemporary art). She was artist in residence at the MU Foundation in Eindhoven (NL) and at the Box in Bourges (FR).

Kapwani Kiwanga's works have been already exhibited in Centre Georges Pompidou (FR),  the Glasgow Center of Contemporary Art (UK), the Museum of Modern art de Dublin (IE), the Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Almeria (ES), Salt Beyoglu in Istanbul (TK), the South London Gallery (UK), the Jeu de Paume in Paris (FR), the  Kassel Documentary Film Festival (DE), the Kaleidoscope Arena Rome (IT) and at Paris Photo (FR).

Kapwani Kiwanga has been nominated as commissioned artist by The Armory Show, where a solo show is devoted to her work in 2016. Twice nominated for BAFTA, her movies have been rewarded in several international festivals.

 

Artist photograph: Vicente Munoz © The Armory Show 2016

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