Kapwani Kiwanga's 'The Sun Never Sets' at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

Paris-based artist Kapwani Kiwanga’s “The Sun Never Sets” is on view at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.This is Kiwanga’s first solo exhibition in Africa. He explores the intersection of history, politics, and the organic, showcasing brand new work in which the 20th-century expression, “The sun never sets on the British Empire” is discreetly critiqued. “The Sun Never Sets” is made up of works of a wide range of media, such as video installation and sculpture. Employing these, Kiwanga positions the natural world as a ‘witness’ to colonial rule and, thus, a crucial means of archival documentation in and of itself. The centrepiece — a video installation from which the exhibition gets its title — becomes the literal and conceptual backdrop for the exhibition. The romanticized image of a sunset serves as a critique of colonial intervention and appropriation of nature for economic purposes.“The Sun Never Sets” marks Kiwanga’s first solo exhibition with Goodman Gallery. The artist deploys archival material to look at how the natural world has been used in human endeavors, and how that use and abuse is reflected in the physical landscapes left behind. The exhibition is on view through November 18, 2017 at Goodman Gallery, 163 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood, Johannesburg, 7195. For details, visit: Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek of the exhibition.

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