curated by Sabine Schaschl
October 27, 2022 – January 15, 2023
In 2022, the Zurich Art Prize, awarded annually by Museum Haus Konstruktiv and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd, goes to Kapwani Kiwanga (b. 1978 in Hamilton, Canada, lives and works in Paris). This Canadian-French artist is the 15th winner of the renowned award. Endowed with CHF 100,000, the prize consists of an CHF 80,000 budget for the production of a solo exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv and CHF 20,000 in prize money.
Before devoting herself to art, Kapwani Kiwanga studied anthropology and comparative religion in Canada. Her artistic practice, which began in the mid-2000s, is also rooted in extensive research relating to the humanities and social sciences, and comprises complex installations, sculptures, videos and performances. Kiwanga’s projects take her to archives. She focuses on the periphery of narratives on underrepresented histories and is particularly interested in issues involving historical and contemporary power imbalances, as well as in knowledge systems. The resulting works are captivating, due to the materials selected on the basis of their socio-historical importance and physical properties, such as selected woods, stones, ceramics or textiles, but also due to their lean aesthetics and clear language of forms.
Images: Exhibition view, Worldmaking, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, 2022. Foto: Stefan Altenburger (1+2) / Kapwani Kiwanga, Winner of the Zurich Art Prize 2022. Photo: Bertille Chéret (3)