Mediterranea at Manchester Cathedral 2019.
Kwant’s bold and colourful screen prints playfully reinterpret the contemporary socio-political 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 reinterpreted. Figures embody positions of victory, aspiration, resignation and defeat. Brightly coloured backgrounds are carefully hand painted using everyday household paint, chosen specifically for their idealised titles - “Utopia Beckons, Fare Thee Well, No Boundaries, Sundown, Adrift at Sea, California Dreaming, Golden Rays, English Primrose...” The resulting body of work aims to open 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 presented in sets or groups, allowing for a multiplicity of readings and interpretations to emerge.
Recent exhibitions include: Habeas Corpus Manchester Cathedral, In-Transit Canada House Manchester (supported by LJ Partnerships and Ministry to Business 2018), Mediterranea DOK Artist Space, Leith Docks, Edinburgh (2017), IWAYA Community Arts Festival, Lagos, Nigeria, curated by Aderemi Adegbite (ICAF Lagos 2017). The Greater Manchester Contemporary Arts Prize 2017, Framing the Crisis System Gallery Newcastle curated by Vault Collective, accompanied by a public seminar "Re-imagining the Nation: Togetherness, Belonging and Mobility" led by Dr Claire Sutherland (Durham Univeristy). Nomas Projects, Dundee, curated by Cully Mc Cullogh with public talk at Generator Projects, Dundee.