Kapwani Kiwanga

Flowers For Africa

09 Sep - 14 Oct. 2017

Or Gallery, Vancouver (CA)

The Or Gallery is a non-profit, artist-run centre in Vancouver, Canada, with a focus on contemporary, conceptual practices. Since its inception in 1983, the Or Gallery has acted as a space for research, conceptual experimentation and documentation. The exhibition Kapwani Kiwanga: Flowers for Africa is scheduled for September 9 ? October 14, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, September 8, 2017.

 

Kapwani Kiwanga?s ongoing series, Flowers for Africa,is a conceptual project that questions the material from which history is understood and imaged. Starting with research into visual archives relating to decolonization, Kiwanga located archival photographs that pictured different flower arrangements used in ceremonies or events related to the independence of African countries. She then took these images to a local florist and worked with them to recreate the bouquets found in the photographs, as closely as possible using available flowers. The fresh arrangements are then displayed in the exhibition and left to wilt over the duration of the show, just as memory might fade over time.

 

For the exhibition at the Or Gallery, we will recreate all of the works to date in Kiwanga?s Flowers for Africa series. These works exist in the form of a protocol; each time they are exhibited the organizing institution recreates the artworks. This exhibition is organized by artist and writer, Kathleen Ritter, and accompanied by a conversation between Ritter and Kiwanga on the use of archival research in contemporary cultural production. A publication will be produced after the exhibition.

 

Working with sound, film, performance, and objects, Kiwanga relies on extensive research to transform raw information into investigations of historical narratives and their impact on political, social, and community formation. Her work focuses on sites specific to Africa and the African diaspora, examining how certain events expand and unfold into popular and folk narratives, and revealing how these stories take shape in objects and oral histories. Trained as an anthropologist, Kiwanga performs this role in her artistic practice, using historical information to construct narratives about groups of people. Kiwanga is not only invested in the past but also the future, telling Afrofuturist stories and creating speculative dossiers from future civilizations to reflect on the impact of historical events.

 

Kiwanga was born in 1978 in Hamilton Canada and lives in Paris, France. She graduated from McGill University, Canada with a degree in Anthropology and Comparative Religions. She has been artist-in-residence at L?Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux-arts, Paris. Le Fresnoy: National Contemporary Art Studio (France); MU Foundation, Eindhoven (Netherlands); Le Manège, Dakar, Senegal. She has exhibited her works internationally and her film and video works have been nominated for two BAFTAs and have received awards at international film festivals.



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Flowers For Africa

09 Sep - 14 Oct. 2017

Or Gallery, Vancouver (CA)

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08 Sep - 10 Sep. 2017

Wiels Art Book Fair, Bruxelles (BE)

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Les Grands Voyageurs [group show]

01 Sep - 07 Oct. 2017

Diagonale, Montréal (CA)

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Ressources humaines [group show]

23 Jul - 05 Nov. 2017

49 Nord 6 Est - FRAC Lorraine, Metz (FR)

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Botánica [group show]

13 Jul - 29 Aug. 2017

Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco (US)

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Faits Alternatifs [group show]

Fayçal Baghriche, Kapwani Kiwanga

09 Jun - 03 Sep. 2017

FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême(FR)

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Performance Day : le musée performé [group show]

03 Jun - 03 Jun. 2017

La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel (FR)

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01 Jun - 01 Jun. 2017

Kiosk, Gent (BE)

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ARRANGEMENT I [group show]

27 May - 29 Jul. 2017

Ar/ge kunst Gallery, Bolzano (IT)

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Show Me Your Archive and I Will Tell You Who is in Power [group show]

29 Apr - 16 Jun. 2017

KIOSK, Gent (BE)

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Tous, des sang-mêlés [group show]

Fayçal Baghriche, Kapwani Kiwanga, Société Réaliste

22 Apr - 03 Sep. 2017

MACVAL, Vitry-sur-Seine (FR)

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Beautiful Africa [group show]

Yona Friedman, Kapwani Kiwanga

08 Apr - 10 Jun. 2017

La Galerie du 5ème, Marseille (FR)

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Conférence : "Face à ce qui pousse"

08 Mar. 2017

Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard, Paris (FR)

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A Wall is just a wall

28 Jan - 14 May. 2017

The Power Plant, Toronto (CA)

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The sum and its parts

20 Jan - 12 Mar. 2017

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago (US)

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House of Commons - group show

10 Jan - 15 Jan. 2017

Portikus, Frankfurt (DE)

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02 Jan - 14 Jan. 2017

Tate, Liverpool, (GBR)

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lecture

22 Nov. 2016

Lafayette Anticipation, Paris (FR)

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performance

17 Nov. 2016

La Colonie, Paris

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Cycle Music and Art Festival

27 Oct - 30 Oct. 2016

Kopavogur (IS)

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RUN RUN RUN - [group show]

Fayçal Baghriche, Kapwani Kiwanga

02 Oct - 30 Dec. 2016

La Station, Nice (FR)

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À la poursuite du temps

Kapwani Kiwanga, Bertrand Lamarche, Société Réaliste

01 Oct - 26 Nov. 2016

Théâtre de Privas, Privas (FR)

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group show

28 Sep - 19 Sep. 2016

The Showroom, London (GBR)

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Botany under Influence - Group show

07 Sep - 22 Oct. 2016

Apexart, New York (US)

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Par tibi, Roma, nihil. - Group show

23 Jun - 18 Sep. 2016

Nomas Foundation, Roma (IT)

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A Change of heart

04 Jun - 16 Jul. 2016

Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles (US)

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Ujamaa - Solo show

24 Apr - 09 Oct. 2016

La Ferme du Buisson, Noisiel (FR)

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Still (the) Barbarians

16 Apr - 17 Jul. 2016

EVA International

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Between One Time and Another - Group Show

15 Apr - 19 Jun. 2016

Temporary Gallery, Köln (DE)

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Subduction Zones - Solo show

05 Mar - 19 Apr. 2016

Le Granit, Belfort

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Artist Commission: Kapwani Kiwanga

03 Mar - 06 Mar. 2016

The Armory Show

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Parlons-en

27 Feb - 12 Jun. 2016

Le Musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart

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Hors sol

12 Feb - 14 May. 2016

FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Angoulême

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Lucy's Iris. Contemporary African Women Artists

30 Jan - 12 Jun. 2016

MUSAC

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The Big Other

29 Jan - 02 Mar. 2016

Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

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solo show

20 Jan - 12 Mar. 2016

Logan Center Exhibitions, Chicago

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Performance - Afrogalactica, un abrégé du futur

17 Dec - 17 Dec. 2015

LaM, Lille

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Continental Shift

22 Oct - 28 Nov. 2015

Galerie Jérôme Poggi

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22 Oct - 25 Oct. 2015

FIAC Grand Palais - Secteur Lafayette

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A conservator's Tale

22 Oct - 22 Oct. 2015

FIAC Grand Palais - Performance

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15 Oct - 18 Oct. 2015

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London

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Afrogalactica

03 Oct - 03 Oct. 2015

Kampnagel, Hamburg (DE)

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La vérité des apparences. Histoires de codes et de reflets

17 Sep - 05 Dec. 2015

La Tôlerie, Clermont-Ferrand

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Control mode Feedback

12 Sep - 08 Nov. 2015

Hall 14 Leipzig

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What we call Love: From Surrealism to Now

12 Sep - 07 Feb. 2016

IMMA Dublin

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What's The Name Of This Nation

11 Sep - 10 Oct. 2015

Le cube, independant art room

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La Vérité des Apparences. Histoires de symboles, de motifs et de langage

05 Sep - 31 Oct. 2015

Galerie de Roussan

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Performance : Un abrégé du futur.

09 Jul. 2015

La maison rouge

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STORY of a CONSERVATOR - Performance by Kapwani Kiwanga

25 Jun. 2015

Bétonsalon

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Mediated Measures

18 Jun - 19 Jul. 2015

Viafarini, Italy

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Atopolis

13 Jun - 18 Oct. 2015

Manège de Sury

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Afrogalactica

20 May. 2015

Exodos - Slovenia (SI)

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Solo show / South London Gallery (UK)

15 Apr - 07 Jun. 2015

Kinjiketile suite

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Group show / Tiwani Contemporary - London

10 Apr - 09 May. 2015

Mythopoeia

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Afrogalactique : Les manuscripts de l'espace profond

30 Mar. 2015

Fondation d'entreprise Ricard

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Solo show / Bourse du Travail, Valence (FR)

05 Mar - 20 Mar. 2015

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