Award-winning artist bringing new show to Oakville Gallery


Published February 2, 2024 at 3:50 pm

An award-winning artist will be opening a new show at the Oakville Gallery this weekend.

Tarik Kiswanson is the 2023 winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, honouring artists living or working in France.

Kiswanson, a visual artist and poet, was born in Sweden where his parents landed after leaving the Middle East in the early 1980s.

His work encompasses sculpture, writing, performance, drawing, sound, and video works. Notions of rootlessness, regeneration, and renewal are central themes in his practice.

Always operating at the intersection of different cultural contexts, his various abstract works examine subjects related to memory, heritage, birth, loss and belonging.

His work can be understood as a cosmology of related conceptual families, each exploring variations on themes like refraction, multiplication, disintegration, levitation, hybridity, and polyphony through their own distinct language.

Kiswanson’s exhibition, which runs at the Oakville Gallery for three months, is the first part of a multi-year project in collaboration with Executive Director Séamus Kealy.

His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at international institutions, most recently at Bonniers Konsthall, Salzburger Kunstverein, Museo Tamayo, M HKA-Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and Carré d’Art-Musée d’art contemporain.

He has participated in group exhibitions and biennials at institutions such as Centre Pompidou, Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, 16th Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, The Ural Biennial, Performa 19 Biennial, Gwangju Biennial, and MUDAM-Museum of Contemporary Art Luxembourg.

For more information about the show, visit the gallery website here.

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