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‘NO APOLOGIES’ BY KENNY DUNKAN

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Winner of the first Reiffers Art Initiatives mentorship, the French artist from Guadeloupe has pursued an in-depth dialogue with his mentor Rashid Johnson for several months. Nourished by his exchanges and the advice of the famous Afro-American artist, Kenny Dunkan will propose an exhibition at the opening of the FIAC in the form of an initiatory journey punctuated by three immersive and original monumental installations, as well as new sculptures, videos and photographs.

Originally from Guadeloupe, Kenny Dunkan regularly draws on the visual culture of the Caribbean, particularly carnivals, periods of social, cultural and political role reversal, to develop a work that addresses the French colonial heritage and the persistence of its modes of representation. To do this, Dunkan often starts with his own black body, which he stages through various media, from video to performance, including sculpture and assemblage.
He graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs de Paris in 2014 with honours, and won the ADAGP Prize for Visual Arts at the 2015 Salon de Montrouge. From 2016 to 2017, Kenny Dunkan was a resident at the Villa Medici, Académie de France in Rome.

A way also for Kenny Dunkan to discuss the post-colonial heritage of his island. The body, a recurring theme of the artist who does not hesitate to stage his own black body, is also at the heart of the devices: a fragmented body, multiple and becoming.
The title « NO APOLOGIES » refers for Kenny Dunkan to all the current violence done to bodies, whether black, gay… and the refusal to excuse them. « I have too often apologised for being who I am, » explains the artist. Because of my skin colour, my sexuality… Today, I no longer want to apologise for being the person I am. » – Kenny Dunkan.
On display until 20th November 2021 at Studio des Acacias by Mazarine, presented by the Reiffers Art Initiatives, discover the images below.

Kenny Dunkan by Nathalie Weiss

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