C& Artist’s Editions

C& Launching its First Artist’s Edition With Works by Kapwani Kiwanga

For its first edition C& is thrilled to be working with acclaimed Paris-based artist Kapwani Kiwanga. Kiwanga and C& share a history of realized projects together. The edition will be launched at 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair from 3-6 October 2019.

Kapwani Kiwanga Proximity, 2019 Chalk line on 120gsm paper 122 x 122cm, Unique from a series of 10

Kapwani Kiwanga Proximity, 2019 Chalk line on 120gsm paper 122 x 122cm, Unique from a series of 10

Kapwani Kiwanga
Proximity, 2019

Chalk line on paper
Size: 122 x 122cm
Unique from a series of 10 in two colour ways – red and blue, (five of each colour way)
signed and numbered.

Launch price : 3400 EUR including VAT (Please note that prices will increase as the edition sells out)

The edition will be launched during 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair from 3-6 October 2019. We can be found at Somerset House on the Lower Ground Floor, by the Stamp Stairs (Embankment Level).

The edition can be purchased via e-mail or in person at the fair.

To purchase or for further information please contact: obuschey@contemporaryand.com


About the Edition

In 1931 the International Congress of Urbanism in the colonies was held in Paris France in conjunction with the Colonial Exhibition held in the city. Published notes from the Congress included a recommendation by a French Colonial agent influential in the urbanisation of Morocco, Hubert Lyautey. Lyautey proposed a minimum of 500 meters be placed between native and European areas. This came to be know as the Lyautey doctrine.

Kapwani Kapwani has hand drawn this geographical measurement using 500 meters of coloured chalk applied in 122cm lengths with a Chalk Line, a tool typically used in surveying to mark out distances.

The 122cm measurement is also significant. In Proxemics (the study of human use of space and the effects that population density has on behaviour, communication, and social interaction), this measurement is considered an ideal personal distance for interactions among good friends or family.


About the Artist 

Kapwani Kiwanga is a Franco-Canadian (b. Hamilton, Canada) artist based in Paris. She lives and works in Paris.

Kiwanga’s work traces the pervasive impact of power asymmetries by placing historic narratives in dialogue with contemporary realities, the archive, and tomorrow’s possibilities.Her work is research-driven, instigated by marginalised or forgotten histories, and articulated across a range of materials and mediums including sculpture, drawing installation, photography, video, and performance.

Kiwanga co-opts the canon; she turns systems of power back on themselves, in art and in parsing broader histories. In this manner Kiwanga has developed an aesthetic vocabulary that she described as “exit strategies,” works that invite one to see things from multiple perspectives so as to look differently at existing structures and find ways to navigate the future differently.

In 2018, Kiwanga received the Frieze Artist Award (USA) and was also the winner of the annual Sobey Art Award (CA).

Solo exhibitions include MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (USA); Albertinum museum, Dresden (DE); Artpace, San Antonio (USA); Esker Foundation, Calgary (CA); Tramway, Glasgow International (UK); Fondazione Sandretto Rebaudengo, Turin (IT); Power Plant, Toronto (CA), Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago (USA); South London Gallery, London (UK); and Jeu de Paume, Paris (FR).

Selected group exhibitions include Whitechapel Gallery, London (UK); Serpentine Galleries, London (UK); Yuz Museum, Shanghai (CHN); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (CA); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (USA); CCA – Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry (UK); Centre Pompidou (FR); The Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (CA); and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (USA)



C& ARTISTS’ EDITIONS, is a programme of specially commissioned editions by collaborating artists who have been part of the C& network since its launch in 2013.

C& Artist’s Editions will offer an accessible, collectible portfolio of works by younger and older generations of artists from Africa and the Global Diaspora.

C& will offer experienced as well as aspiring collectors, and ad-hoc art-lovers unbiased, affordable access to artists who have been part of the C& network since its launch in 2013. All proceeds from the sale of the editions support the artists and C&.

All proceeds directly support the artists and C&’s future programmes.



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