Reiffers Art Initiatives, a foundation supporting young contemporary creation and cultural diversity, is pleased to announce the inaugural exhibition of its mentorship program: “NO APOLOGIES” by French artist Kenny Dunkan, with the mentorship of world-renowned artist Rashid Johnson, at Studio des Acacias by Mazarine, from October 22 to November 20, 2021.

 

Laureate 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. Nurtured by his exchanges with the famous Afro-American artist, Kenny Dunkan will present his exhibition at the opening of the FIAC, inviting the visitor to experience a mystical journey through three original immersive installations, as well as new sculptures, videos et photographs.

 

«NO APOLOGIES» deepens the artist’s exploration on his Caribbean heritage. Each installation forms a microclimate depicting the cultural richness of Guadeloupe: from the aesthetic and symbolic power of carnival to mythologies and magical and religious beliefs. 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 his practice: 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 apologize. “I have too often apologized for being who I am, explains the artist. Because of my skin color, my sexuality… Today, I don’t want any longer to apologize for being the person I am.” – Kenny Dunkan.

 

“NO APOLOGIES” by Kenny Dunkan will be presented at Studio des Acacias by Mazarine from 22 october to 20 november, Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 7pm. 

 

A health pass must be presented at the entrance to Studio des Acacias by Mazarine in accordance with current legal requirements. 

 

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Credit photo : Details of Dust To Lust, courtesy of the artist and Elissa Medina, Kenny Dunkan by Nathalie Weiss & Rashid Johnson by Axel Dupeux.