Zero Shift Kapwani Kiwanga 
Visualization ZERO SHIFT, 2020, Sibel Bicer
Visualization ZERO SHIFT, 2020, Sibel Bicer

Uncovering the Unknown - Kapwani Kiwanga's new project aims at highlighting exemplary elements that structure public space but often go unnoticed by the very people who use them. Working with the means of colour, light or other temporary interventions in the urban infrastructure, the Canadian artist develops a site-specific installation that deals with the quay walls between the historical centre, Speicherstadt and Hafencity.

Quay walls take on an important function in Hafencity, because as few remaining "original" elements they bear witness to the early history of the port in the district. At the same time, they have a decisive influence on the infrastructure of the district in that they symbolize the transition between land and water, or rather the dependence of the entire building infrastructure on the tides of the Elbe: Between low tide and high tide there is an average difference in height of up to four metres - and considerably more with the increasingly frequent storm tides. This is why there is no direct access to the water from the quay, and why Hafencity was built at two different levels: Promenades and squares directly on the water, and house entrances and streets up to five metres higher.

Kapwani Kiwanga was born in 1976 in Hamilton, Canada. She currently lives and works in Paris. As a trained anthropologist and social scientist, she often takes on the role of a researcher in her installations, performances, sound and video works, consciously intertwining truth and fiction to challenge dominant historical or political narratives and suggest alternative approaches to discussion. ZERO SHIFT is Kiwanga's first major project in public space and is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Date Summer 2021
Kapwani Kiwanga