Tarik Kiswanson – Mirrorbody
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Questions of Belonging
Tarik Kiswanson's (b. Sweden, 1986; lives and works in Paris, France, and Amman, Jordan) creative practice spans sculpture, writing, film, and performance. Harnessing a range of techniques of—metaphorical as well as literal—weaving, the artist creates forms that lend visual expression to Édouard Glissant's idea of a “poetics of multiplicity.” Combining abstract sculptures executed in polished steel and brass with performances, Kiswanson initiates a dialogue on issues around the politics of identity and migration. Preadolescents are often the main protagonists in his performances and films, which probe the interplay between coming of age and the development of one's identity through migration.
His work has been presented at Centre Pompidou, the Performa Biennial, Lafayette Anticipation, the Gwangju Biennial and Fondation d'entreprise Ricard amongst other. Kiswanson's first solo museum show in France will take place at Carré d'Art—Musée d'art contemporain. The show will feature both early and new works. The accompanying monographic catalog is the first to present a comprehensive survey of the artist's multifaceted practice. With an introduction by director and curator Jean Marc Prevost and essays by Annie Godfrey Larmont, Ingrid Luquet-Gad and Xiaoyu Weng.