Kapwani Kiwanga


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Kapwani Kiwanga on view at the MIT List Art Center in New Haven, USA and London's Whitechapel Gallery

Never-before exhibited sculptures by Kapwani Kiwanga are shown on a solo exhibition at MIT List Visual Arts Center (8 February – 21 April). Kiwanga’s new series of sculptural works draw on colonial-era ‘lantern laws’, which required nonwhite people to carry a lit candle after dark. These works are shown alongside a group of 50 prints, a site-specific installation of her ongoing Shade Cloth series, as well as the US premiere of Jalousie, a sculpture incorporating two-way mirrors and steel that addresses visibility and movement in relation to architecture. In addition Kiwanga is on a group exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery titled Is This Tomorrow? (14 February – 12 May). This exhibition brings together ten groups of artists, architects and other cultural practitioners to explore the potential of collaboration and offer their visions of the future.

Kapwani Kiwanga named winner of Canada’s largest annual art award

Kapwani Kiwanga is the winner of the 2018 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s most prestigious prize given annually to artists aged 40 or younger. Kiwanga’s work often deals with what she calls ‘multiplicities’, exploring subjects including independent African nationhood, gift-giving as a diplomatic activity and astronomy. Kiwanga was praised by the award jury for the ‘urgency of her research and the emotive, formal qualities of the artworks that result’ – with her practice being described as ’necessary at this time’. An exhibition of work by Kiwanga and the other shortlisted finalists is currently on view at the National Gallery of Canada (until 10 February).

Ghada Amer, Kapwani Kiwanga and Yinka Shonibare on group show ‘Soft Power’ at the Transpalette Centre d’art in France

SOFT POWER is a group exhibition at the Transplatte Centre d’art featuring contemporary artists who incorporate textiles into their practices (31 October – 19 January). The exhibition features among others Ghada Amer, Kapwani Kiwanga and Yinka Shonibare MBE whose work explores the conceptual implications of textile materials as a way to explore ideas around representation of black bodies, the experience of the exile and anti-feminist stereotypes. The result is a collection of work that ‘engage in the counter-event, a reverse positioning, against the flow of the alienating spectacle and the regeneration of a fossilized collective imagination,’ writes curator Julie Crenn.

Kapwani Kiwanga included in Centrefold Project and group show at Kunsthall in Belgium

Kapwani Kiwanga is one of a select few artists invited to contribute work to the limited edition 10th special issue of Centrefold Project titled upwards i looked. Centrefold is a collaborative publication held in major public institutions around the world, such as the Tate, Zabludowicz Collection, A Foundation, and Philip Aarons. Work by Kiwanga is also featured on Extra States: Nations in Liquidation, an exhibition held at Kunsthal Extra City which brings together artists whose works aim to critically address, recompose or bypass the traditional readings of the state (22 September – 16 December).

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    Kapwani Kiwanga / The Sun Never Sets / 2017

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    South South: Between Land and Sea

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Edge of Silence / 2015

    Post African Futures / Curated by Tegan Bristow / 2015

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