Galerie Poggi

Kapwani Kiwanga


Sections of the global installation are also available as separate sculptures composed of 4 chains with several solid silver sculptures or 1 chain with a unique solid silver sculpture.

Following our participation in Art Basel Miami, Art Basel Unlimited, and several Art Basel OVR, Galerie Poggi is thrilled to participate in Art Basel, Basel for the first time as part of the ‘Feature’ section. Kapwani Kiwanga imagined, especially for Basel, an entirely new project that keeps pushing forward her research around Emanuel Coccia's theories about what he calls the ‘botany of history.’

Winner of the 2020 Prix Marcel Duchamp, 2018 Sobey Award, and 2018 Frieze Award, Kapwani Kiwanga is one of the leading artists of her generation. Recent exhibitions include the Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2020) Haus der Kunst (Munich, 2020), Kunstinstituut Melly (former Witte-de-With, Rotterdam 2020). Upcoming solo shows include the Moody Art Center (Houston, 2021), and group shows : ICA Portland (Portland, 2021) and Palais de Tokyo (Paris 2022).

Titled Potomitans, the project furthers Kiwanga’s research around botanics and how examining their history can help us interrogate what constitutes an archive. For this work she looked into plants that were historically used as poisons by people who were in subordinate positions to wield agency and fight for their freedom. Two plants in particular were chosen for the project : the Mimosa Pudica and the Phytolacca Americana.