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Kapwani Kiwanga at The MIT List Visual Arts Center

Kapwani Kiwanga, Jalousie, 2018

Starting on February 8, The MIT List Visual Arts Center in Boston will present a major exhibition by French-Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga, whose work and research traces historical narratives, excavating and considering the global impact of colonialism and how it permeates contemporary culture. This new show will explore the surveillance topic and the systems used in controlling the movement of bodies in space. This venue will also include the US premiere of Jalousie (2018), a new sculpture that adresses visibility and movement in relation with architecture. Kapwani Kiwanga awarded in 2018 the prestigious Sobey Art Award and Frieze Artist Award.

Her work is research-driven, instigated by marginalized or forgotten histories, and articulated across a range of materials and mediums including sculpture, installation, photography, video, and performance. Materiality and the economics of material production is a recurring element in Kiwanga’s work, pointing to exploitation and how it manifests between politics and culture.

Informed by her own biography—raised in working-class Canada, spending time with family in Tanzania, and living in France for over a decade—she is interested in the multiplicities of perspective inherent in chronicling social and political moments. With a background in anthropology and social sciences, Kiwanga embraces a subjective reading of the archive, exploring ideas around belief, mythology, and impermanence.

Kapwani Kiwanga studied Anthropology and Comparative Religion at McGill University, Canada. She has presented solo exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada; La Ferme de Buisson, Noisiel, France; South London Gallery, London, UK; and the Jeu de Paume, Paris, France. Recent group exhibitions include the Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles; EVA Biennial, Limerick; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; SALT, Istanbul; and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon. In 2018 she was the subject of a solo exhibition, A wall is just a wall (and nothing more at all) organized by the Esker Foundation, Calgary. 

Kapwani Kiwanga is organized by Yuri Stone, Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center.

This project received the support of Etant donnés Contemporary Art and the ADAGP.