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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

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Sisal #1 by Kapwani Kiwanga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kapwani KiwangaSisal #1, 2021Sisal fibre, painted steel
300 x 115 x 90 cm
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Sisal #2 by Kapwani Kiwanga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kapwani KiwangaSisal #2, 2021Sisal fibre, painted steel
300 x 150 x 22 cm
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Sisal #3 by Kapwani Kiwanga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kapwani KiwangaSisal #3, 2021Sisal fibre, painted steel
105 x 15 x 7.5 cm
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Sisal #4 by Kapwani Kiwanga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kapwani KiwangaSisal #4, 2021Sisal fibre, painted steel
90 x 15 x 8 cm
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Semence by Kapwani Kiwanga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kapwani KiwangaSemence, 2020Ceramic replicas of Oryza glaberrimarice grains
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The worlds we tell: Dojity and Micha by Kapwani Kiwanga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kapwani KiwangaThe worlds we tell: Dojity and Micha, 2021Wood (sipo - walnut - oak), ceramic, painted steel and gold leaf
70 x 60 x 8 cm
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The worlds we tell: Nü Gua by Kapwani Kiwanga contemporary artwork sculpture, textile
Kapwani KiwangaThe worlds we tell: Nü Gua, 2021Wood (Walnut), ceramic, colour concrete and embroidery
70 x 60 x 8 cm
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The worlds we tell: Xevioso by Kapwani Kiwanga contemporary artwork sculpture
Kapwani KiwangaThe worlds we tell: Xevioso, 2021Wood, painted steel, mirror and embroidery
70 x 60 x 8 cm
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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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