Kapwani Kiwanga's first solo exhibition in Greece on view at State of Concept Athens
The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Thursday, July 25, 2024

Kapwani Kiwanga's first solo exhibition in Greece on view at State of Concept Athens
Installation view.

ATHENS.- State of Concept Athens is presenting the first solo exhibition of Kapwani Kiwanga in Greece, entitled Deposits.

Born in Hamilton, Canada and based in Paris, Kiwanga's practice is research-driven, instigated by marginalised or forgotten histories, and articulated across a range of materials and mediums including sculpture, installation, photography, video, and performance. Her research combines her training in anthropology with her interests in history, memory, and mythology.

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: “What is the role of plants in the histories of human struggle for liberation?”

Kiwanga’s 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-medication, subsistence, and self-protection, while considering them as witnesses to human history. Kiwanga looks at how plants can metamorphose from pharmakon (medicine) to poison, aiming to highlight the tenuous balance between the two.

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-American writer Saidiya Hartman, who identifies opacity as obscurity and calls for “the right of obscurity to be respected". In that light, Kiwanga's work also directs towards what could the role of plants be in the history of opacity (or, the visibility and invisibility of resistance).

The artist is further interested in pointing towards how opacity/obscurity stands in stark contradiction to the hyper-visibility of the controlled body imposed by dominant narratives and appropriating practices of exposure, seen in the Western science of botany from the sixteenth century onwards. Kiwanga's desire to unveil plants as protagonists of the “opacity of resistance” alongside humans, links the histories of resistance from previous centuries to the modern histories of the civil rights movement and the current antiracist global movement.

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.

Today's News

January 2, 2022

An exhibit meant to showcase Kurdish suffering provoked a furor instead

Exhibition shares a new vision of the history of abstraction through the works of over 100 female artists

As the Mayor promised millions for new monuments, old ones crumbled

Exhibition at Kunstmuseum Basel focuses on Cuno Amiet's portraits of children

Thaddaeus Ropac presents works by Arnulf Rainer displayed in the Austrian Pavilion at the 38th Venice Biennale

Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung exhibits the Rimini Altarpiece after extensive conservation

Rarely seen collection of Shikō Munakata's visionary artworks on view for the first time since 1965

Deutsche Bank honors its "Artists of the Year" 2021 with a joint exhibition at Berlin's PalaisPopulaire

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza exhibits Italian paintings from the 14th to the 18th centuries

MASS MoCA announces upcoming 2022 exhibitions

Jason Dodge presents a single site-specific artwork at MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma

The Centre Pompidou launches its first "Chatbot"

Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire presents an exhibition of photographs by Edward Burtynsky

Nottingham Contemporary presents an exhibition set in a possible future version of the city

"Aliza Nisenbaum: Aquí Se Puede (Here You Can)" on view at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

New book features an homage to Italy and its people, inspired by a personal life story

Expansive catalogue illuminates the social and cultural roots of Carlos Villa's artwork

National WWI Museum and Memorial announces major gift from Brad and Libby Bergman Family

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo presents a major survey of the art of Shigeko Kubota

Madre Museum presents "Rethinking Nature"

Kathmandu Triennale announces dates and artists for 2022 edition

Guangdong Times Museum presents "One song is very much like another, and the boat is always from afar"

Kapwani Kiwanga's first solo exhibition in Greece on view at State of Concept Athens

Alexis Blake wins 2021 Prix de Rome Visual Arts

Fashion Shoes Online at Great Prices

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful