Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Press release

Tarik Kiswanson’s installations combine — in line with his poetry work — sculpture, sound creation and performance. Drawing from research on pre-adolescence — an age marked by fragility and a form of lucid perception of the world — the artist has composed an anthology of poetry in several chapters, which will be enacted by young boys. These texts take us right into the heart of a reflexion on the human condition, evoking both contemporary corporeality and the frontiers between countries and beings, or more generally, the porosity between two states which initially appear to be opposed. 

The notions of blending, the poetics of race mixing and the writings of Edouard Glissant are at the core of Tarik Kiswanson’s work. Hybrid in its culture, Tarik Kiswanson’s legacy stems from the combination of family life in the Middle East (his family emigrated from Palestine in the 1980s) and his upbringing in Sweden and Western countries. 

The installation takes into account both the architecture of the Forum-1 space, and its specificity as a passageway through the Centre Pompidou, which can be approached from different angles. It consists of a sound creation with, in particular, children's voices filling the entire space, and a hanging sculpture made of metal blades — a recurring material for the artist who plays on its diffractive and reflective properties. 

From time to time, the young boys’ performances will bring the installation to life. The text will evoke themes such as movement, the multiple self and desire. It will explore the experience a child of first-generation immigrants can go through, a child whose development and passage to adulthood accompany a similar process within his community, the mixture and fusion of different languages and idioms in full transition. 

A new film, I Tried as Hard as I Could is the prelude to Out of Place, which refers to the title of Edward Sa.d’s memoirs. This recent production will follow the transformation of a young boy and his questionings on the notion of uprooting.

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