Kapwani Kiwanga

2019 Archive

Kapwani Kiwanga (born in Hamilton, ON, Canada: lives in Paris, France), an artist with French and Canadian nationality, is the inaugural winner of the Frieze Artist Award in 2018. Her work is shaped by her academic background in anthropology and comparative religion, and often involves multiple formats and media in order to make possible a diversity of experiences for the viewer. Kiwanga employs strategies of social scientific research in her work.


Kapwani Kiwanga at Small Arms

Location: Small Arms Inspection Building

Two undulating fabric curtains suggest the meeting of tectonic plates. According to Kiwanga’s research, the African plate is slowly moving toward and above the Eurasian one, which is subducting at a rate of approximately two centimetres per year. A rock cradled in fabric hung on the wall further probes these…