Tarik Kiswanson was born in Sweden in 1986. He graduated from Central Saint Martins, London, and from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His works have recently been shown at the Ricard Foundation in Paris (2018), at the MRAC contemporary art museum in Serignan, at the MUDAM museum of modern art in Luxenbourg (2017) and at Anticipations – from the Galeries Lafayette Foundation (2018). In September 2019, he will take part in the 5th Ural Biennial in Ekaterinburg and will present his latest commission during the Performa 19 biennial in New York.

Tarik Kiswanson’s installations combines – 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. 

A sculptor, writer and performer, Tarik Kiswanson combines several materials at the same time: text and words in a work immersed in poetry, in fragments and in rhythm; sound through polyphonies that blend voices and various sounds recorded during his travels; and finally, metal in sculptures, that appear like weavings blending together various references literally infused with his family heritage. 

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.