Born 1986 in Halmstad, Sweden
Lives and works in Paris, France
studio@tarikkiswanson.com

Tarik Kiswanson (b. 1986, Halmstad) is a visual artist and poet. He comes from a Palestinian family that exiled from Jerusalem to North Africa and then Jordan before subsequently settling in Sweden in the early 1980s where he was born. Kiswanson spent ten years in London where he studied art before relocating to Paris where he has lived and worked since 2010. He holds four nationalities and speaks and writes in five languages. 

Tarik Kiswanson’s work encompasses sculpture, writing, performance, drawing, sound, and video works. For over a decade, he has explored notions of rootlessness, metamorphosis, and memory through his interdisciplinary practice. A legacy of displacement and transformation permeates his works and is indispensable to both their form and the modes of sensing they produce. While retaining an attachment to the intimate and personal, his work speaks to universal concerns and to social and collective histories of rupture, loss, and regeneration. Kiswanson’s oeuvre can be understood as a cosmology of related conceptual families, each exploring variations on themes like refraction, multiplication, disintegration, levitation, and polyphony through their own distinct language. 

Tarik Kiswanson was awarded the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2023. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at institutions, most rencently at Bonniers Konsthall (2023), Salzburger Kunstverein (2023), Museo Tamayo (2023), M HKA-Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (2022), Hallands Konstmuseum (2022) and Carré d’Art-Musée d’art contemporain (2021). He has participated in group exhibitions and biennials at institutions such as Centre Pompidou, Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, 16th Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art, The Ural Biennial, Performa 19 Biennial, Gwangju Biennial, and MUDAM-Museum of Contemporary Art Luxembourg.