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Art Now: Kapwani Kiwanga

Date & Time:
February 2, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Location:
Art Building 672
Speaker:
Kapwani Kiwanga
Kapwani Kiwanga, pink-blue, 2017. Baker-Miller Pink paint, white fluorescent lights, blue fluorescent lights. Dimensions variable. Installation view at The Power Plant, Toronto, 2017.

Kapwani Kiwanga

Kapwani Kiwanga will discuss her working methods and the role of archives in her artistic practice. As a trained anthropologist and social scientist, she sometimes occupies the role of a researcher in her projects. Her methodology often includes fashioning systems and establishing protocols as in scientific experimentation to delineate lenses through which one can observe culture and its characteristic propensity toward mutation. Kiwanga intentionally confuses truth and fiction in order to unsettle hegemonic narratives and create spaces in which marginal discourse can flourish. The artist’s questioning of the archive and what constitutes a document are other key modes of working.

Kapwani Kiwanga's work manifests in various mediums including: installation, sound, video, and performance.
Recent solo exhibitions includes : Esker Foundation, Calgary (2018) ; Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg (2017) ; Or Gallery, Vancouver (2017) ; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2017) ; Logan Center Exhibitions, University of Chicago (2017) ; La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel, France (2016) ; South London Gallery (2015) ; Viafarini, Milan (2015) ; and Jeu de Paume, Paris (2014). Kiwanga’s performances have been presented at documenta 14, Athens (2017) ; Kunstcentrum Gent (2015) ; Tate Modern, London (2014) ; Centre Pompidou, Paris (2014) ; among others.

Presented as part of ART NOW: Visiting Artist and Scholar Series