Tarik Kiswanson – Prelude

Feb 03, 2024 - Jun 01, 2024

Tarik Kiswanson - Prelude

Date: February 3, 2024 - June 1, 2024

Location: Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, 1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville.

The 2023 winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Tarik Kiswanson produces sculpture, writing, performance, drawing, sound, and video works. Notions of rootlessness, regeneration, and renewal are central themes in his oeuvre. Always operating at the intersection of different cultural contexts, his various abstract works examine subjects related to memory, heritage, birth, loss and belonging. His oeuvre can be understood as a cosmology of related conceptual families, each exploring variations on themes such as refraction, multiplication, disintegration, levitation, hybridity, and polyphony through their own distinct language.

A legacy of displacement and transformation permeates his works and is indispensable to both their form and the modes of sensing they produce. The artist's Palestinian family left Jerusalem for North Africa and then Jordan before subsequently settling in Sweden, where he was born in 1986. Over the years, Kiswanson's artistic inquiry has retained an attachment to the intimate and personal while simultaneously speaking to universal concerns relative to the human condition and to social and collective histories of rupture, loss, and regeneration.

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