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Kapwani Kiwanga named winner of Canada’s largest annual art award

Kapwani Kiwanga is the winner of the 2018 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s most prestigious prize given annually to artists aged 40 or younger. Kiwanga’s work often deals with what she calls ‘multiplicities’, exploring subjects including independent African nationhood, gift-giving as a diplomatic activity and astronomy. Kiwanga was praised by the award jury for the ‘urgency of her research and the emotive, formal qualities of the artworks that result’ – with her practice being described as ’necessary at this time’. An exhibition of work by Kiwanga and the other shortlisted finalists is currently on view at the National Gallery of Canada (until 10 February).

Kapwani Kiwanga included in Centrefold Project and group show at Kunsthall in Belgium

Kapwani Kiwanga is one of a select few artists invited to contribute work to the limited edition 10th special issue of Centrefold Project titled upwards i looked. Centrefold is a collaborative publication held in major public institutions around the world, such as the Tate, Zabludowicz Collection, A Foundation, and Philip Aarons. Work by Kiwanga is also featured on Extra States: Nations in Liquidation, an exhibition held at Kunsthal Extra City which brings together artists whose works aim to critically address, recompose or bypass the traditional readings of the state (22 September – 16 December).

Two solo exhibitions and a grant from US-French Embassy for Kapwani Kiwanga

Two solo exhibitions of work by Kapwani Kiwanga are currently on at the Musée d’art de Joliette, in Quebec and at Jerome Poggi Gallery, in Paris. The former show, titled Sunlight by Fireside, features a series of new work by Kiwanga and runs at the prestigious Canadian cultural institution for two months (9 June – 9 September). Surface Tension, at Jerome Poggi (until 28 July), is Kiwanga’s fifth exhibition with the gallery and presents work that follow on from the artists research developed during her residency at Art Pace in San Antonio, Texas. Kiwanga was also recently awarded a grant from Étant donnés Contemporary Art, a French-American fund that supports cross-continental collaborations between visual artists, curators and institutions. As one of the 15 grantees selected this year, Kiwanga will use her funds to realize a solo show at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Kapwani Kiwanga is included on a group exhibition in Glasgow

Kapwani Kiwanga is one of seven contemporary artists – including the likes of Nina Liebenberg and Bianca Baldi – featured on the group exhibition, Chapter Thirteen, hosted by the Landis Museum in Glasgow, Scotland (20 April – 7 May). The exhibition forms part of Glasgow International 2018, an international biennial of contemporary visual art, the exhibition spans a variety of media including sculpture, drawing, performance and video. According to the curatorial team for the exhibition, ‘[Chapter Thirteen] is constructed in a manner as enable viewers to explore various forms of interfacing made visible by the objects exhibited within it’.

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    Kapwani Kiwanga / The Sun Never Sets / 2017

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    South South: Between Land and Sea

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Edge of Silence / 2015

    Post African Futures / Curated by Tegan Bristow / 2015

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