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NO APOLOGIES


Kenny Dunkan – October 2021

Reiffers Art Initiatives, a foundation supporting young contemporary creation and cultural diversity, presented the first 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, in October 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 presented 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 formed 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, was 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 at Studio des Acacias by Mazarine — October 2021

 

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Credit photo : Kenny Dunkan by Nathalie Weiss & Rashid Johnson by Axel Dupeux, exhibition photos by Philippe Fragnière and Aurélien Mole.