Kapwani Kiwanga

Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin (H11)

For Focus Galerie Tanja Wagner presents a new sculptural installation entitled Glow by Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga (b. 1978, Hamilton).

A minimal sculptural assemblage conceived out of dark marble slabs is illuminated by a light source incorporated into or attached to their mass. It responds to the ordinance  'A Law for Regulating Negro and Indian Slaves in the Night Time’ approved in New York in 1713. The law obliged black and indigenous people to carry a lit candle after sunset if not in the company of a white person; those who did not carry a lit candle could be stopped and seized by anyone.

With Glow Kiwanga prolongs her recent investigations into historic systems which create and maintain power imbalances through surveillance and institutional control. The artist’s work manifests in different mediums including performance, video, installation, sound, and sculpture. Kiwanga views her practice as an attempt to transmit the undiscussed and suppressed histories in order to give space to marginal, renegade and neglected experiences and discourses.