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Kapwani Kiwanga will represent Canada at the 2024 Venice Biennale

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Kapwani Kiwanga, 2016. © Bertille Chéret
there Venice Art Biennale 2024 takes shape. After Switzerland and a few other countries, the Canada Nominated artist to represent him in the National Pavilion: Kapwani Kiwanga. Already an internationally known artist, she is the first black woman to exhibit in the Canadian Pavilion and the second black artist overall after Stan Douglas in 2022.

Kapwani Kiwanga, born in Canada and now living in Paris, stands out for his multidisciplinary research in sculpture, installation, photography, video, performance that aims to explore the stories of marginalized, forgotten and destroyed existences. For example, the Transatlantic Slave Trade or the Green Book, a travel guide published in the United States during the era of racial segregation, featured establishments that accepted African American clients.

The importance of Kiwanga’s research is demonstrated by the various prizes awarded to him over the years: among these SOPHIE ART AWARD (For Canadian Artists) In 2018, The Brix Marcel Duchamp (for artists based in France) 2020 and low Zurich Art Prize (For an exhibition at the Haus Constructive Museum) in 2022 he has had solo exhibitions at the New Museum in New York, the Kunstinstitut Melli in Rotterdam, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Power Plant in Toronto, the South London Gallery and the South London Gallery. Jeu de Paume in Paris. It was added last year Milk of dreamsThe main exhibition of the Venice Biennale was curated by Cecilia Alemanni.

Commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada, the pavilion will be managed by Caitane VernaDirector of the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.

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Kapwani Kiwanga delves deep into the world’s archives and weaves them elegantly throughout his work.Verna said in a statement. “She is interested in the role of art as a catalyst to express and address alternative and often silenced, marginalized sociopolitical narratives that are part of our shared histories.“.

Apart from Canada, other countries have already nominated artists to represent them. Julien Creuset for that France, Bagui Hardware for that Lithuania, Edith Carlson for thatEstonia, John Acomfra for that England And Warrior of Divine Love for that Swiss Except of course Appointment of Adriano Pedrosa As curator of the main exhibition.

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