With “Glow” and “Greenbook” the Weserburg presents two work groups by the Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga (born 1978 in Hamilton, Canada, lives in Paris). Her sculptures, made of black marble and lights, refer to New York’s “Lantern Law” of 1713. It required black or indigenous slaves to carry a lantern or to be accompanied when walking the streets after dark – a disturbingly sensual art.
The different sheets from the “Greenbook” series are from the 1961-edition of the Negro Motorist Green Book – a travel guide which appeared annually between 1936 and 1966 and listed places in the USA which were considered safe for colored motorists. Kiwanga deletes all names from the historical lists and reduces them to the addresses and states, thus revealing a navigation system which opposes the structural oppression of people of color with a self-determined, subversive alternative.
The presentation is part of the exhibition “The Way We Are 2.0”.