Tarik Kiswanson, Residency January to July 2020
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Tarik Kiswanson is developing a multifaceted artistic practice that includes writing, sculpture, performance, sound, and video.

It is through the dialogue he initiates between these multifaceted practices that an original conceptual language emerges. The notions of uprooting, regeneration and renewal are recurring themes in Kiswanson's work.

His artistic approach is in line with the concept of "the thought of trembling" described by the philosopher Édouard Glissant, as a means of apprehending the contingent nature of the world. This seismic thought, resistant to any fixation operation, trembles under the effect of the breath caused by the collision of the multiple voices of the world and "plunges us into an intimate understanding of the depths". The tremors denote a form of refusal, an inability to be contained.

This form of existential and reflexive disruption rejects notions of stable identity, as well as fixed and imperial categories of thought. "The thought of trembling" crosses the different axes of Tarik Kiswanson's practice like an invisible current.

Born in Halmstad, Sweden, where his family exiled from Palestine in the 1980s, his artistic practice reflects an engagement with the poetics of interbreeding: a means of writing and surviving at the intersection of multiple conditions and contexts. Her practice examines notions of displacement and interstitiality that relate specifically to the context of loss and gain that has affected the second generation of migrants. Her practice is shaped by movement, the blurring of boundaries, the simultaneous belonging to all places and to none in particular.

His various works can be understood as a cosmology of related conceptual 'families', each exploring variations on such topics as refraction, multiplication, disintegration, hybridity and polyphony, through their own specific language.


Tarik Kiswanson is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (2014) and a BA from Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London (2010).

He has recently presented his work at the Centre Pompidou (2019), the Ural Biennial (2019), the Performa Biennial (2019), Lafayette Anticipations (2018), the Fondation Ricard (2018) and the Gwangju Biennial (2018). His upcoming solo exhibitions include the Carré d'Art-Musée d'art contemporain in Nîmes and the MMAG Foundation in Amman. 

Photos: Louis Ramac - Luca Lomazzi - Adrianna Glaviano

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