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Kapwani Kiwanga

  • 2022–2023
  • Arts
  • Elizabeth S. and Richard M. Cashin Fellow
  • Independent Artist (France)
Portrait of Kapwani Kiwanga
Bertille Chéret courtesy de l’artiste

Kapwani Kiwanga is a Franco-Canadian/French artist living and working in Paris. Kiwanga studied anthropology and comparative religion at McGill University, in Montreal, and art at Beaux-Arts de Paris. She is the winner of the 2020 Marcel Duchamp Prize, 2018 Sobey Art Award, and 2018 Frieze Artist Award.  

Kiwanga’s work is research-driven, instigated by marginalized or forgotten histories, and articulated across materials and mediums, including sculpture, installation, photography, video, and performance. At Radcliffe, she is conducting research into botany, legislation, and history to inform the creation of performative, painting, and silkscreen works that examine the relationship between plants and resistance through historic examples of acts of emancipation. 

Kiwanga has had solo exhibitions at the Albertinum, in Dresden; Esker Foundation, in Calgary; Haus der Kunst, in Munich; Jeu de Paume, in Paris; Kunstinstituut Melly, in Rotterdam; MIT List Visual Arts Center; the Moody Center for the Arts, at Rice University; the Power Plant, in Toronto; the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, at the University of Chicago; the South London Gallery; and Tramway, in Glasgow, among others. Her work also was included in La Biennale di Venezia in 2022 and has been featured in group exhibitions at such institutions as the Centre Pompidou, in Paris; Hammer Museum at UCLA; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; Museum für Moderne Kunst, in Frankfurt; Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, in Marrakech; the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; the National Gallery of Canada; Serpentine Galleries, in London; the Whitechapel Gallery, in London; and Yuz Museum, Shanghai.

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