Born 1986 in Halmstad, Sweden
Lives and works in Paris, France
Tarik Kiswanson (1986, Halmstad) is a visual artist and poet. His work encompasses sculpture, writing, performance, drawing, sound, and video works. Notions of rootlessness, regeneration, and renewal are central themes in his oeuvre. Always operating at the intersection of different cultural contexts, his various abstract works examine subjects related to memory, heritage, birth, loss and belonging. His oeuvre can be understood as a cosmology of related conceptual families, each exploring variations on themes like refraction, multiplication, disintegration, levitation, hybridity, and polyphony through their own distinct language.
Tarik Kiswanson presented his retrospective exhibition Mirrorbody at Carré d’Art-Musée d’art contemporain in 2021. Other recent exhibitions include Centre Pompidou (2023), Bonniers Konsthall (2023), Museo Tamayo (2023), Salzburger Kunstverein (2023), Gothenburg Biennial (2023), M HKA-Museum of contemporary art Antwerp (2022), Hallands Konstmuseum (2022), 16th Lyon Biennial of Contemporary Art (2022), The Ural Biennial (2019), Performa 19 Biennial (2019), Centre Pompidou (2018), 12th Gwangju Biennial (2018), MUDAM-Museum of Contemporary Art Luxembourg (2017). He is laureate of the Marcel Duchamp Prize 2023.
His first monograph was published in 2021 by Distanz and Carré d’Art-Musée d’art contemporain, on the occasion of his exhibition Mirrorbody. In 2022 a new monograph titled Nest was published by Hallands Konstmuseum and Mousse Publishing and a new collection of poems entitled The Window was published by M HKA-Museum of Contemporary Art and JBE Books. His first artist book published by Dilecta and Bonniers Konsthall was released in 2023 in conjunction with his solo exhibtion.
Tarik Kiswanson received his MFA from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (2014) and BFA from Central Saint Martins-University of the Arts London (2010). He is represented by the galleries carlier | gebauer and Sfeir-Semler Gallery.