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Tarik Kiswanson – Mirrorbody

Tarik Kiswanson

128 pages
Distanz Verlag Gmbh Llc

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.

Author Bio
The opening of Carré d’Art-Musée d’art contemporain in 1993 was one outcome of the policy of cultural decentralization implemented in France beginning in the eighties. Located between the CAPC of Bordeaux and the Abattoirs de Toulouse to the west, the MAC in Marseille and MAMAC in Nice to the east, but also no great distance from the MACBA in Barcelona, the Nîmes museum of contemporary art is another link in a network that has been enriched over the years to promote and disseminate contemporary art across the Mediterranean region. Like its Parisian model, the Georges Pompidou Centre, Carré d’Art houses both the multimedia library and the contemporary art museum, providing a lively new venue for local residents and visitors from further afield. It was in 1983 that the newly elected mayor of Nîmes, Jean Bousquet, confirmed his plan to turn the city into a cultural centre, with the creation of this new institution as its centrepiece. Started in 1986, with substantial State backing, the contemporary art museum’s collection includes nearly 600 items. born in Sweden, 1986; lives and works in Paris, France, and Amman, Jordan