Tarik Kiswanson’s genre-defying work is informed by identity, dualism and loss. His work reflects on the influences of one culture upon another as well as the active role the viewers play in the creation of the work’s meaning. Through quasi-abstract sculptures, or “reductions” as he calls them, Kiswanson examines notions of nonconformity and subverts the ways in which form is perceived and registered. Almost solely made in polished brass and steel, the viewer’s body appears obliterated, disjointed, or doubled. Razor sharp and infra-thin, his paradoxical objects are also highly responsive to their spatial environment and to their observer’s proximity as they vibrate with the displacement of air generated by the spectators circulation within the space.
Tarik Kiswanson (born 1986, Halmstad, Sweden) graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London in 2010. In 2011, he moved to Paris where he attended l’École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and received a MA in 2013. He has exhibited his work internationally in group shows and solo exhibitions at Carlier Gebauer, Berlin; Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc Roussillon Midi Pyrénées, Sérignan, France; Musée national de Céramique-Sèvres, Paris; Le Pavillon Vendôme Centre d’art Contemporain, Paris; Les Bains-Douches, Alençon, France; Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France; Riga Art Space, Latvia; and Metropolitan Art Society, Beirut.
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Residents from France
Stripped walls, sanded floors, and drilled holes, along with the debris of such removals have been the staple of Marja Kanervo’s artistic practice since the mid-1990’s. Recently, she has employed photos in her work, by mechanically erasing layers of information in the same way as stripping a wall.
Marja Kanervo (born 1958) lives and works in Finland. She began as a painter and graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. Kanervo’s installations and environmental art has exhibited in Europe, Japan and the United States. She most recently was included in the exhibition (Dis)appearing, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, 2013; and held residencies with the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, Keio University, Tokyo, and the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, 2003.
Residents from Finland
Anushka Rajendran’s curatorial practice realizes ideas that emerge from her research about exhibitions, with a focus on arts from South Asia. As an art writer and editor, she facilitates discursive engagement within the arts in India. Her ongoing interests include socially engaged art practices in India and the ways in which aesthetic practices are seeking out publics that fall outside of traditional contemporary art audiences. This is an extension of her previous research and curatorial interest in trauma narratives in contemporary art.
Anushka Rajendran is a New Delhi based curator, writer and researcher. Her ongoing PhD Where lies the Public? Aesthetics of Social Engagement studies how the arts are surpassing traditional publics in India. She has an Ph.M from the Jawaharlal Nehru University during which she wrote Installation Art in India: Preoccupations with Trauma, and an MA in Arts and Aesthetics. Her recent exhibition, The Lay of the Land, charted an alternative cartography for the South Asian region based on experiences of artists rather than political borders. In her upcoming exhibition Corporeal, Rajendran will look at the absent body as a universal/intimate subject position. Rajendran is the Editorial Coordinator of the Indian art magazine TAKE on art, and recipient of the Art Scribes Award 2015.