Born Hamilton (Canada), Kapwani KIWANGA lives and works in Paris, France.
Kapwani Kiwanga studied Anthropology and Comparative Religions at McGill University.
In her most recent works Kiwanga revisit her earlier training in social sciences and often occupy the role of a researcher. Her methodology includes fashioning systems and establishing protocols as in scientific experimentation to delineate lenses through which one can observe culture and its characteristic propensity toward mutation.
Truth and fiction are intentionally confused in her work in order to unsettle hegemonic narratives and create spaces in which marginal and fantastical discourse can flourish.
She was an artist in residence at L’Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (France), Le Fresnoy: National Contemporary Art Studio (France), MU Foundation, Eindhoven (the Netherlands) and Le Manège, Dakar, Senegal.
Her film and video works have been nominated for two BAFTAs and have received awards at international film festivals. She has exhibited internationally including at Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; Paris Photo, Foundation Ricard, La Villa Arson, Nice France; Glasgow Centre of Contemporary Art, Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, Almería, Spain; and the Art Catalyst, London.