Moody Center for the Arts
Saturday, December 18
This event is FREE for the public.
Kapwani Kiwanga: The Sand Recalls the Moon’s Shadow

About the Event

From Texan sand to Tanzanian sisal, the raw material of Kapwani Kiwanga’s enveloping and powerful exhibition activates the galleries of the Moody Center for the Arts, September 17 through December 18, 2021.

Articulated through new, site-specific installations created for the Moody, together with video work, “Kapwani Kiwanga: The Sand Recalls the Moon’s Shadow” employs the artist’s research-based approach to offer an investigation into how natural materials can be interpreted as archives of shared human and natural history. In turn, this body of work inspires alternative understandings of social, economic, and environmental realities.

In her first solo exhibition in Houston, Kiwanga (b. 1978, Hamilton, Canada) created two site-specific installations for the Moody, “Maya-Bantu” and “Dune.” Both works 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.

This exhibition is curated by Ylinka Barotto, Associate Curator, Moody Center for the Arts.

Substantial support is provided by the Moody Center for the Arts Founder’s Circle and the Elizabeth Lee Moody Excellence Fund for the Arts.

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