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A wall is just a wall - Kapwani Kiwanga

From January 28 to May 14, 2017
Curator: Carolin Köchling

As we go about our daily lives, we enter into and are confronted by spaces designed to shape and regulate our behaviour, whether we notice it or not. It is this architecture of control that informs Kapwani Kiwanga’s solo exhibition at The Power Plant.

Kapwani Kiwanga's artistic approach is grounded in her anthropological background. Historical facts, fictional, magical and supernatural elements are interwoven in Kiwanga?s research-based projects.

In her lecture-performance Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future (2012-ongoing) she takes on the role of a fictional anthropologist to speculate on the future, investigating Afrofuturism as a means to examine the past from an African or African disaporic subjectivity.

Kapwani will also be bringing her performance AFROGALACTICA, as part of Images Festival on April 21, 2017 at the Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto. The performance features a live reading with video projection, in which Kiwanga takes on the role of a fictional anthropologist to speculate on the future, investigating Afrofuturism as a means to examine the past from an African or African diasporic subjectivity. Kiwanga’s work often grapples with Afrofuturism, anti-colonial struggle, collective memory, belief systems and different cultural ways of approaching the supernatural.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kapwani Kiwanga (born 1978 in Hamilton, Ontario) lives and works in Paris. She studied Anthropology and Comparative Religions at McGill University in Montréal before entering the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, taking part in the program La Seine. Kiwanga carried on in the Fresnoy, Studio National d'Art Contemporain between 2007 and 2009. She has won several prizes in international festivals for her films and video projects, and was nominated twice for the BAFTA, an award given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Kiwanga's solo exhibitions include Logan Center Exhibitions, University of Chicago (2017); South London Gallery (2015); Viafarini, Milan (2015); FIAC, Paris (2015); and Galeries Nationales du Jeu de Paume, Paris (2014). Her work has been part of group exhibitions at Museum of Modern art Dublin (2015); Salt Beyoglu, Istanbul (2015); Glasgow Center of Contemporary Art (2008); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2006); and Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Almeria (2006).

Find more information here: www.thepowerplant.org

Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery 231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Toronto

TORONTO - A wall is just a wall : Kapwani Kiwanga at the Power Plant

When
From January 28 to May 14 2017
Where
Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
231 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Toronto
Kapwani Kiwanga, still from A Primer, 2017. Co-produced by The Power Plant, Toronto and the Logan Center Exhibitions, University of Chicago. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin, and Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris.

A wall is just a wall - Kapwani Kiwanga

From January 28 to May 14, 2017
Curator: Carolin Köchling

As we go about our daily lives, we enter into and are confronted by spaces designed to shape and regulate our behaviour, whether we notice it or not. It is this architecture of control that informs Kapwani Kiwanga’s solo exhibition at The Power Plant.

Kapwani Kiwanga's artistic approach is grounded in her anthropological background. Historical facts, fictional, magical and supernatural elements are interwoven in Kiwanga?s research-based projects.

In her lecture-performance Afrogalactica: A brief history of the future (2012-ongoing) she takes on the role of a fictional anthropologist to speculate on the future, investigating Afrofuturism as a means to examine the past from an African or African disaporic subjectivity.

Kapwani will also be bringing her performance AFROGALACTICA, as part of Images Festival on April 21, 2017 at the Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto. The performance features a live reading with video projection, in which Kiwanga takes on the role of a fictional anthropologist to speculate on the future, investigating Afrofuturism as a means to examine the past from an African or African diasporic subjectivity. Kiwanga’s work often grapples with Afrofuturism, anti-colonial struggle, collective memory, belief systems and different cultural ways of approaching the supernatural.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kapwani Kiwanga (born 1978 in Hamilton, Ontario) lives and works in Paris. She studied Anthropology and Comparative Religions at McGill University in Montréal before entering the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, taking part in the program La Seine. Kiwanga carried on in the Fresnoy, Studio National d'Art Contemporain between 2007 and 2009. She has won several prizes in international festivals for her films and video projects, and was nominated twice for the BAFTA, an award given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Kiwanga's solo exhibitions include Logan Center Exhibitions, University of Chicago (2017); South London Gallery (2015); Viafarini, Milan (2015); FIAC, Paris (2015); and Galeries Nationales du Jeu de Paume, Paris (2014). Her work has been part of group exhibitions at Museum of Modern art Dublin (2015); Salt Beyoglu, Istanbul (2015); Glasgow Center of Contemporary Art (2008); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2006); and Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Almeria (2006).

Find more information here: www.thepowerplant.org