In many of her recent works, Kapwani Kiwanga acts as scientist, mobilising her knowledge in social sciences to develop research projects. Kiwanga occupies the part of a researcher, with a methodology that includes fashioning systems and establishing pseudo protocols of scientific experimentation. Her interdisciplinary practice manifests as lecture-performances, installations, video, and sound works.
Kiwanga studied anthropology and comparative religion at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and at Le Fresnoy: Studio national des arts contemporains in Tourcoing, France. She has completed residencies at the art space MU in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, among others. Kiwanga’s works have been exhibited at Centre Pompidou in Paris; the Glasgow Center of Contemporary Art in Glasgow, UK; the Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival in Kassel, Germany; KALEIDOSCOPE Arena in Rome, Italy; and Paris Photo in Paris. Her first UK solo exhibition took place at South London Gallery in London, in 2015 and was entitled, Kinjiketile Suite. Twice nominated for a BAFTA, her film works have been shown extensively in international film festivals, with several receiving awards.