Paris, France visual artist Kapwani Kiwanga’s exhibition, Clearing, opens at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant this month.
This exhibition is a homecoming of sorts for Kiwanga; she was born in Hamilton and raised in Brantford. Kiwanga attended Glenhyrst’s art camps as a child, and she returns to the site of her earliest arts education to consider her experience with the gallery and the region’s unfolding relationship with Indigenous people and the land. Brantford is within the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples, who have a longstanding relationship with the land.
Kiwanga has studied visual art, anthropology, and comparative religion in Montreal and Paris, France. Her recent works highlight her role as a researcher, using video, photography, archival documents, and found objects in her work. She focuses on cycles and changes, looking at how people and knowledge intertwine in a state of flux. Her award-winning works have been exhibited worldwide, including the Centre Georges Pompidou (France), the Glasgow Center of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern art de Dublin, Salt Beyoglu in Istanbul, and the Kaleidoscope Arena Rome.
Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Mondays and statutory holidays). The Gallery is wheelchair accessible, and admission to the exhibitions is free.
Clearing runs from January 10 through March 11, 2018. The exhibition is supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
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Image: Kapwani Kiwanga, Vumbi, 2012, video, 30 minutes, detail. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin.