Tripartite 3 (doubled)

Kapwani Kiwanga
Tripartite 3 (doubled), 2019
Shade cloth, steel and wood
Work: 300 x 300 x 7 cm

Kiwanga’s working method begins with research and analysis, particularly of archival records through which she engages different materials and their histories. Fabricated from an agricultural textile commonly referred to as “shade cloth”, Tripartite is an architectural intervention that considers the enhancement of nature to further capitalist systems. In this work, opacity is employed as a metaphor for what is made visible (and accepted) in relation to the exploitation of land. Writing on Kiwanga’s practice, following her 2020 exhibition at the Kunsthaus Centre d'art Pasquart, Stefanie Gschwend notes; “In her work, we are faced with complex artistic methods of investigation into disciplinary measures and lines of movement which Kiwanga associates in subtle tones with surveillance and racialisation, all the while mingling present-day and colonial forms of observation.”