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.
Small Arms Inspection Building
Small Arms Inspection Building was originally part of a large munitions plant built in 1940 before it was acquired and renovated as an art centre by the City of Mississauga in 2018. With its female dominated workforce, Small Arms Limited manufactured thousands of rifles daily for the Canadian and Allied forces in WWII. In 1990, the TRCA conducted an environmental audit of the site, revealing the presence of polychlorinated biphenyl, volatile organic compounds, and combustible gases across nineteen acres. More than 70,000 tons of contaminated radioactive soil was removed to eventually transform the Arsenal Lands into a park.
1352 Lakeshore Road East