Mediterranea | DOK Artist Space [The Steel Shed] | Curated by Olivia Turner | Leith Docks, Edinburgh | 2017.
Sundown | Utopia Beckons | Fare Thee Well | Retired Buoy | English Primrose | Adrift at Sea | No Boundaries | California Dreaming | Screen print, household paint, Fabriano Paper | 420 x 594mm | 2017 | Editioned.
Kwants bold and colourful screen prints playfully reinterpret the contemporary European migrant crisis often focusing upon a central character who’s taken out of their context. Dynamic compositions are executed with newspaper-like halftone quality; bodies contorted, are edited and re- represented. Figures embody positions of victory, aspiration, resignation and defeat. Brightly coloured backgrounds are carefully hand painted using everyday household paint colours, chosen specifically for their idealised titles - “Utopia Beckons, Fare Thee Well, No Boundaries, Adrift at Sea, California Dreaming, Sundown, Golden Rays, English Primrose...” The resulting body of work opens up tensions and paradoxes between the subject and their designated titles. Kwant speaks of this tension as ‘opening up a space to question wider narratives, how identity is constructed and ultimately how history is recorded.’ The work is intended to be grouped in 'sets' creating a multi-layered effect. In this way the work escapes a single perspective allowing a multiplicity of readings and meanings to emerge.
Mediterranea Installation, projection, screen print, at Victoria Baths, Manchester 2017.