Kapwani Kiwanga

Born in 1978 in Hamilton (Ontario, Canada)
Lives and works in Paris (France)

Kiwanga's artistic practice is imbued with her background in anthropology and comparative religion. Respecting a rigorous method, the artist makes her works a continuation of her research, exploring relations of power through the symbolism of certain objects or materials. Through her installations, the artist recreates the dynamics of oppression and control present in our society and invites the visitor to experiment with them in an active way, in order to reveal them and question them. Kapwani Kiwanga is the recipient of the 2018 Sobey Art Award.

The work pink-blue represents the realization of the many researches made by the artist on the so-called scientifically proven effects of architecture and colors on human behavior. By inviting the visitor to experience an environment reminiscent of the long corridors of the hospital and prison spheres, Kiwanga questions the advantages but also the limits of the social use of colors. The pink colour, for example, would have the ability to reduce aggression and prevent conflict. As for the blue light, it would prevent certain dangerous behaviors

Arsenal Contemporary is proud to present an artwork from the Giverny Capital Art Collection. The presentation of this work was made possible thanks to the Giverny Capital Foundation for Contemporary Art

Kapwani Kiwanga, pink-blue, 2017, Baker-Miller pink paint, white fluorescent lights, blue fluorescent lights, Variable dimensions. Photo credit: Romain Guilbault

Other exhibitions of the artist at Arsenal Contemporary Art