KAPWANI KIWANGA


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Kapwani Kiwanga was born in Hamilton, Canada and currently lives and works in Paris. She studied Anthropology and Comparative Religions at McGill University in Montreal and has been artist-in-residence in Paris and the Netherlands. In her work across genres she is inspired by Afrofuturism, anti-colonial struggle, diverse belief systems, vernacular and popular culture. In her most recent work, A Memory Palace, which is on display in Berlin since January 2015, she deals with science and the role of the researcher. Installation, film, sound and performance come together in Kiwangas artistic practice. This opens a space oscillating between reality and fiction, thereby creating discourses which challenge hegemonic narratives. Her work which has won multiple awards internationally has been shown at Centre Georges Pompidou (France), Glasgow Centre of Contemporary Art (UK), and the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (Germany).

http://www.kapwanikiwanga.org/

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

The Armory Show, New York
Subduction Zones, Le Granit, Belfort, France
Ujamaa,La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, France

2015

KAPWANI KIWANGA,South London Gallery, London, UK
Trace évidence, École Supérieure d’Art et Design, Valence, France
A Memory Palace, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin, Germany
Continental Shift,Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris, France
FIAC Grand Palais- Secteur Lafayette, Paris, France
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK
Mediated measures Viafarini, Milano, UK
Kinjiketile Suite, South London Gallery, London, UK

2014

Maji, Maji, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
Lazarus, École Supérieure d’Art es Design de Valence, France
Vumbi, LOOP Barcelona, Spain; Galerie Karima Celestin, Marseille, France

 

PERFORMANCES

2015

Afrogalactica: Un abrégé du future, Frac und Le Phènix, France; Kunstencentrum, Gent, Belgium; Festival of Centemporary Performing Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Collecting the invisible, Laboratoire d’Aubervilliers, France
Telepathic Relay, HAU – Hebbel am Ufer Theater, Berlin, Germany
The deep space scrolls, Fondation Ricard, Paris, France

2014

Afrogalactica: Un abrégé du future, Tate London (UK) in collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (NIG), Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro (BR), Art 14, London (UK), Crac Alsace, Altkirch (FR), École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (FR), Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR)
Les Chroniques de black star, Fondation Ricard, Paris (FR); Frac Lorraine, Metz (FR)
Museum of the blind, Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, Germany
A spell to bound the limitless, Fiac, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Histoire d’une conservatrice, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
Maji, Maji: Fragments of a Screenplay, Stadtmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany
Giving Contours to Shadows, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, Germany
Home Cinema, Trafic, Lausanne, France

2013

Afrogalactica: Un abrégé du future, Arts Catalyst, London (UK); Fondation Ricard, Nice (FR); La Villa Arson, Nice (FR); Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (D), Contrechamp, Nantes (FR)
Les Chroniques de black star, Belluard Bollwerk International, Fribourg, Switzerland

2011

Afrogalactica: Un abrégé du future, Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, France

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

Between One Time and Another: Temporary Gallery, Cologne, Germany
Le cabaret au salon: Grand Salon du Beffroi, Montrouge, France
The Big Other, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin, Germany
Hors sol, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême, France
Still (the) Barbarians, EVA Intenrational, Limerick, Irland
Parlons-en, Le Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France
L’iris de Lucy. Artistes africaines contemporaines, Musée d’art contemporain de Castille-et-León, Spanien
Par tibi, Roma, nihil. Nomas Foundation, Rom, Italy
A Change of heart, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Botany under Influence, Apexart, New York, USA
The Showroom, London, UK
Cycle Music and Art Festival, Kopavogur, Iceland
RUN RUN RUN, La Station, Nizza, France

2015

The Day After, bétonsalon, Paris, France
Biennale du Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, DR Kongo
What we call Love, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Irland
Trace évidence, École Supérieure d’Art et Design, Valence, France
A Century of Centuries, SALT Galata, Istanbul, Turkey
Does not Equal, W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mythopoeia, Tiwani Contemporary, London, GB
La vérité des apparences, La Tôlerie, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Cosmogonies, Galerie Arnaud Lebfevre, Paris, FrankreichAtopolis, Manège de Sury, Mons, Belgium
Control mode feedback, Hall 14, Leipzig, Germany
What’s the name of this nation, Le Cube independent art room, Rabat, Morroco

 

2014

Parle pour toi, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, France
Outside, Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden
Oracular Vernacular, MAMO, Marseille, France
Appropriations, Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin, Germany
Matérialisme Histérique, Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris, France

 

2013

Le Tamis et le sable, Maison Populaire, Montreuil, France
Cyclicités, Galerie Le Manège, Dakar, Senegal
ChinAfrique, Galerie du Buisson, Paris, France

 

2012

Creative Ruminations, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK
Houille Blanche, Terre Froide, Treignac Project, Treignac, France

 

2011

Synchronicity, Photoquai et Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France
Kaleidoscope Arena, ROMA – The Road to Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy
Carte Blanche AfricAmerica, Anis Gras, Arcueil, France
100 tekeningen tegen de Vietnam oorlog, Komplot, Brussels, Belgium
100 dessins contre la guerre du Vietnam, Le commissariat, Paris, France
Filmer la Musique, Point Ephémère, Paris, France

 

2010

169A2, 28 rue du Château d’eau 75010, Paris, France

 

2009

Panorama 11, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France
Alt-W: New Directions in Scottish Digital Culture, Glasgow Centre of Contemporary Art, Glasgow, UK

 

2008

Panorama 9-10, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France
Double Take, Korean National University of the Arts, Seoul, South Korea

 

2007

In the Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

 

2006

DepART, Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur Tour et Retour, Ècole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, France

 

2005

Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Almería, Spain
Ricochet, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

 

GRANTS & AWARDS

2012

Grant Louis Lumière, Institut Francais

 

2011

Grant for the documentary Maji Maji, Centre National du Cinéma, France

 

2009

Special mention by the jury for the film “Le bon voyage”, Festival International CinéRail, Paris, France

 

2008

Production grant, Conseil des Arts du Canada

 

2006

Production grant, city of Paris

 

2004

Award for best documentary for “Bon Voyage”, Filmets Festival, Badalona, Spain
Nominations for “Rooted” for best film and best new director, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), UK
Grant for professional development, Conseil des Arts d’Écosse