Kapwani Kiwanga

Art Center

from 24 April to 9 Oct 2016



Having followed a singular path from anthropology to the visual arts, Kapwani Kiwanga is now taking us into unexplored territory with a mix of fiction and documentary, science and magic, and politics and poetics.

After a number of well-received exhibitions abroad, La Ferme du Buisson is now presenting her biggest solo show to date. Kapwani Kiwanga draws on her training in the social sciences for experimental projects in which she plays the part of a researcher.


Her method consists in creating systems and protocols which function as filters through which she observes different cultures and their capacity for change. Her projects give rise to installations, videos, sound pieces and performances. In general terms her practice focuses on such concepts as Afro-futurism, anticolonial struggles and their legacy, and popular and vernacular cultures.


For her exhibition at La Ferme du Buisson, she is occupying all the art centre’s exhibition spaces with previous works and three big, site-specific installations. Via this blending of materials and ideas relating to economics, agriculture, magic, anthropology and museology, she extends earlier research, undertaken at the Jeu de Paume and the South London Gallery, into belief systems and pre- and post-independency trajectories in Tanzania.


Her project combines two lines of research : the first focusing on the magical powers attributed to plants in situations of political and social resistance ; and the second into the concept of Ujamaa, the origin of pan-African socialism. In organic installations, videos, sound pieces and performances, Kapwani Kiwanga takes us on a journey through belief systems involving supernatural powers and political utopianism. This leads her, in turn, to scrutinise our ability to continue believing in various forms of resistance despite the failures of the past.




in partnership with the Lycée polyvalent des métiers de l’Horticulture et du Paysage in Montreuil, the École du Breuil and the South London Gallery, with the backing of Centre culturel canadien in Paris



Sun 24 April 2016 at 4 pm

exhibition opening

free shuttle from Paris - Opéra Bastille at 3:30 pm
book on +33 1 64 62 77 77


Sat 24 May 2016 from 11:15 am

TaxiTram Tour

Edgardo Aragón, Kapwani Kiwanga and Vincent Chevillon - the three artists united for this TaxiTram tour have in common the search for historical testimony through different geographical and temporal zones: a dialogue between art and anthropology.

• Jeu de Paume : "Edgardo Aragón - Mésoamérique : l’effet ouragan"
• Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson : "Kapwani Kiwanga : Ujamaa"
• Espace Khiasma : "Vincent Chevillon : SÈMES"

further information on the website Tram - réseau art contemporain Paris / Île-de-France


Sat 11 June 2016 at 5 pm 

Visit by Julie Pellegrin

The director of the contemporary art center and curator of the exhibition « Ujamaa » proposes a guided tour during the Happy culture ! event.


Sun 11 Sept 2016 at 4 pm

Discussion with the anthropologist Marie-Aude Fouéré

Kapwani Kiwanga and the anthropologist Marie-Aude Fouéré invite you to an exchange around the exhibition and their respective research practices. This is also an occasion to visit the exhibition in the presence of the artist.


Mon 26 Sept 2016 at 7 pm

Visit of the exhibition as an introduction to the Question qui fâche :

Et si les Blancs ne monopolisaient plus la scène culturelle française ?


Sat 8 Oct 2016 at 3 pm

Contemporary art tour in Seine-et-Marne

• Centre Photographique d'Île-de-France : opening and visit of the exhibition "David De Beyter : Big Bangers - Build and Destroy"

• Centre d'art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson : visit of the exhibition "Kapwani Kiwanga : Ujamaa"


infos pratiques

opening hours

Wednesday to Sunday
2 - 7:30 pm
open to 9 pm on event days






guided tours every Saturday at 4 pm
exhibition tour + afternoon tea: 1st Sunday of the month at 4 pm


group tours available daily: book on