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 thematic currents. Using this tectonic shift as a starting point, Soft Measures suggests speculative fictions that stretch through deep geological time. Kiwanga conceived of the installation as a narrative in three acts, with the artworks becoming protagonists who, similar to the tectonic plates, either push closer or pull away.

Commissioned by Glasgow International (2018).


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.

Exhibition Site

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East
Mississauga ON
L5E 1E9