“Sundown” Screen print, household paint, Fabriano Paper. 420 x 594mm. 2017. edition of 10.   

“Sundown” Screen print, household paint, Fabriano Paper. 420 x 594mm. 2017. edition of 10.

 

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.

 “Utopia Beckons” Screen print, household paint, Fabriano Paper. 420 x 594mm. 2017. edition of 10.

“Utopia Beckons” Screen print, household paint, Fabriano Paper. 420 x 594mm. 2017. edition of 10.

 “No Boundaries” Screen print, household paint, Fabriano Paper. 420 x 594mm. 2017. edition of 10.

“No Boundaries” Screen print, household paint, Fabriano Paper. 420 x 594mm. 2017. edition of 10.

 “English Primrose” Screen print, household paint, Fabriano Paper. 420 x 594mm. 2017. edition of 10.

“English Primrose” Screen print, household paint, Fabriano Paper. 420 x 594mm. 2017. edition of 10.

 “Fare Thee Well" Screen print, household paint, Fabriano Paper. 420 x 594mm. 2017. edition of 10.

“Fare Thee Well" Screen print, household paint, Fabriano Paper. 420 x 594mm. 2017. edition of 10.

 “Adrift at Sea" Screen print, household paint, Fabriano Paper. 420 x 594mm. 2017. edition of 10.

“Adrift at Sea" Screen print, household paint, Fabriano Paper. 420 x 594mm. 2017. edition of 10.

Mediterranea, solo show at DOK Artist Space [the Steel Shed] Leith Docks, Edinburgh, Dec 2017, curated by Olivia Turner. Household paint, screen print, Fabriano paper, 40x50cm, variable edition, 2017.

 "Fare Thee Well" Screen print, household paint, photograph, variable edition, 40 x 50cm, 2017.

"Fare Thee Well" Screen print, household paint, photograph, variable edition, 40 x 50cm, 2017.

 "Sundown" Screen print, household paint, photograph, variable edition, 40 x 50cm, 2017.

"Sundown" Screen print, household paint, photograph, variable edition, 40 x 50cm, 2017.

 "Utopia Beckons (left group), " No Boundaries" (right group) Screen print, household paint, photograph, variable edition, 40 x 50cm, 2017. 

"Utopia Beckons (left group), " No Boundaries" (right group) Screen print, household paint, photograph, variable edition, 40 x 50cm, 2017. 

 "Adrift at Sea" Screen print, household paint, photograph, variable edition, 40 x 50cm, 2017.

"Adrift at Sea" Screen print, household paint, photograph, variable edition, 40 x 50cm, 2017.

 "No Boundaries"  Screen print, household paint, photograph, variable edition, 40 x 50cm, 2017.

"No Boundaries"  Screen print, household paint, photograph, variable edition, 40 x 50cm, 2017.

  Mediterranea  at Nomas Projects, Dundee, 2017.

Mediterranea at Nomas Projects, Dundee, 2017.

 'Sundown' and 'Utopia Beckons' Greater Manchester Contemporary Arts Prize, 2017.

'Sundown' and 'Utopia Beckons' Greater Manchester Contemporary Arts Prize, 2017.

Mediterranea Installation, projection, screen print, at Victoria Baths, Manchester 2017.