State of Concept Athens is happy to present the first solo exhibition of Kapwani Kiwanga in Greece, entitled Deposits.
Born in Hamilton, Canada and based in Paris, Kiwanga's practice is research-
Exhibition 11 December 2021 -
Deposits features a newly commissioned piece together with a selection of works from previous years. The exhibition results from a long dialogue between the artist and the curator of the exhibition iLiana Fokianaki, which first led to Kapwani Kiwanga, New work at Kunstinstituut Melly in September 2020, part of which is travelling to State of Concept, Athens. Through their dialogue, a main question was born: “hat is the role of plants in the histories of human struggle for liberation?”
Kiwanga’ work for Deposits, revolves around the epistemologies of botany, its histories and their relation to acts of resistance. The artist examines the role of plants in self-
One can consider Kiwanga's work within the framework proposed by theorists who have looked at histories of racial inequality, such as the Martinique theorist Édouard Glissant who discusses opacity as the denial to be visible, understood, or categorized, as well as Afro-
The artist is further interested in pointing towards how opacity/obscurity stands in stark contradiction to the hyper-
Deposits is curated by iLiana Fokianaki and is supported by Institut Français.
The newly commissioned work Bequest (2021) is a commission of the artist, woven by Vasso Damkou.
The work Semence (2020) was a commission of the artist to ceramist Lisanne Ceelen, and was produced by Kunstinstituut Melly with the support of Ammodo, Mondriaan Fonds, Institut Francais Pays Bas and Canada Council for the Arts.
Kapwani Kiwanga, Semence (detail), 2020 . Ceramic replicas of Oryza glaberrima rice grains. Photo: © Lisanne Ceelen
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