Kapwani Kiwanga   Sunlight by Fireside: The Ash Annals

July 13, 2019 - September 15, 2019
Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, July 13 | 8-10 PM
Free and everyone is welcome to attend
The complex issues of current and historical colonization processes are at the core of Kapwani Kiwanga’s artistic practice. Kiwanga, who studied anthropology and comparative religion at McGill University, continues this querying of decolonial gestures with her exhibition Sunlight by Fireside: The Ash Annals.
As part of Sunlight by Fireside: The Ash Annals, Kiwanga chose to create opportunities for dialogue and sharing, inviting viewers to engage with her installation by handling the works in the gallery. By digging a hole on the grounds of the SAAG and moving the displaced soil into the gallery, Kiwanga asks visitors to repatriate the dirt, one bucket at a time.
This action aims to exercise gestures of giving and returning in relation to the land and counters the dominant learned gestures of taking and seizing. Through the use of materials such as soil, ceramics, cloth, and light and shade, the artist addresses economic and social issues in relation to colonial acts of extraction and the exploitation of natural resources.
This exhibition is initiated and circulated by the Musée d'art de Joliette
Co-curated by Anne-Marie St-Jean Aubre and Kristy Trinier
Production assistance by Tanya Doody

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