b. 1978, Canada

Kapwani Kiwanga Biography

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 centre for contemporary art). She was artist in residence at the MU Foundation in Eindhoven (NL) and at the Box in Bourges (FR).

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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 civilisations to reflect on the impact of historical events.

Kapwani Kiwanga Featured Artworks

Moor by Kapwani Kiwanga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kapwani Kiwanga Moor, 2022 Fabric, pigment, Atlantic sea salt
122 x 122 cm
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Goodman Gallery
Carrefour by Kapwani Kiwanga contemporary artwork textile
Kapwani Kiwanga Carrefour, 2022 Fabric, dye, Atlantic sea salt
55 x 55 cm
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Goodman Gallery
Crossroads by Kapwani Kiwanga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kapwani Kiwanga Crossroads, 2022 Fabric, pigment, Atlantic sea salt
55 x 55 cm
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Goodman Gallery
Bow Ties by Kapwani Kiwanga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kapwani Kiwanga Bow Ties, 2022 Fabric, dye, Atlantic sea salt
55 x 55 cm
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Goodman Gallery

Kapwani Kiwanga Recent Exhibitions

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Kapwani Kiwanga Represented By

Goodman Gallery contemporary art gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa
Goodman Gallery Cape Town, East Hampton, Johannesburg, London

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