Past Event
Moody Center for the Arts
Thursday, October 14
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Artists-in-Dialogue: Hanan Sabea and Kapwani Kiwanga

About the Event

Free Virtual Event | Registration Required | moody.rice.edu

Organized in conjunction with the fall exhibition, Kipwani Kiwanga: The Sand
Recalls the Moon’s Shadow, Hanan Sabea, professor of anthropology, American University in Cairo, will offer insights into the past and current impact of the sisal trade, in dialogue with the artist.

Hanan Sabea’s research examines the dynamics of land and labor on plantations in colonial and postcolonial Africa, state-subject relations, and the production of histories and memories. This is part of her forthcoming monograph Present Pasts: Coloniality of Power and Laboring Subjects on Sisal Plantations in Tanzania.  She has published articles in Africa, Journal of Historical Sociology, African Studies, Feminist Africa, International Working Class History, and International Journal of African Historical Studies. She is co-editor of Oral History in Times of Change: Gender, Documentation and the Making of Archives among other publications.

In her first solo exhibition in Houston, Kapwani Kiwanga (b. 1978, Hamilton, Canada) created two site-specific installations for the Moody, Maya-Bantu and Dune. Both works will address linkages between trade and labor, as well as society and the environment. The exhibition also includes Kiwanga’s 2012 video, Vumbi, which draws attention to the nuanced relationship between humans and the planet. Collectively, these works meditate on raw material as a primary resource, simultaneously in the context of cultural exploration and economic development.

Based in Paris, Kapwani Kiwanga studied anthropology and comparative religion at McGill University, Montreal, and art at École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. Kiwanga was awarded the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2020, following her receipt of the Frieze Artist Award and the Sobey Art Award in 2018.

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