Kapwani Kiwanga Canadian
Kapwani Kiwanga (b. Hamilton, Canada) lives and works in Paris. Kiwanga studied Anthropology and Comparative Religion at McGill University in Montreal and Art at l’école des Beaux-Arts de Paris.
Kiwanga’s work traces the pervasive impact of power asymmetries by placing historic narratives in dialogue with contemporary realities, the archive, and tomorrow’s possibilities.
In 2020, Kiwanga received the Prix Marcel Duchamp (FR). She was also the winner of the Frieze Artist Award (USA) and the annual Sobey Art Award (CA) in 2018.
Her work is research-driven, instigated by marginalised or forgotten histories, and articulated across a range of materials and mediums including sculpture, installation, photography, video, and performance.
Kiwanga co-opts the canon; she turns systems of power back on themselves, in art and in parsing broader histories. In this manner Kiwanga has developed an aesthetic vocabulary that she described as “exit strategies,” works that invite one to see things from multiple perspectives so as to look differently at existing structures and find ways to navigate the future differently.
She is represented by galerie Poggi, Paris; Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, Cape Town and London; galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin.
Women In Photography - Lay of the LandDafna Talmor, Kapwani Kiwanga, Tamara Dean, Meghann Riepenhoff, Brooke Holm, Virginia Woods-Jack, Odette England, Katie Breckon, Siobhan McDonald, Katrin Koenning, Peta Clancy and Rhiannon Adam. 15 Oct 2020 - 9 Jan 2021View, Women in Photography - Lay of the Land, Informality's curated group exhibition featuring international female photographers.