2017

Study in Black Modernity, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

Solo Exhibitions

Study in Black Modernity , 2015-2017, installation 300 x 2300 cm, @ Van Abbemuseum, detail, (p) Peter Cox
Study in Black Modernity , 2015-2017, installation 300 x 2300 cm, @ Van Abbemuseum, detail, (p) Peter Cox
Study in Black Modernity , 2015-2017, installation 300 x 2300 cm, @ Van Abbemuseum, detail, (p) Peter Cox
Study in Black Modernity , 2015-2017, installation 300 x 2300 cm, @ Van Abbemuseum, detail, (p) Peter Cox
Study in Black Modernity , 2015-2017, installation 300 x 2300 cm, @ Van Abbemuseum, detail, (p) Peter Cox

Study in Black Modernity

“Dutch artist Iris Kensmil has made a new work for the Van Abbemuseum’s collection. Kensmil combines abstract patterns, classical portraiture and references from politics and literature that resonate with her position as a Black artist.

The installation includes a series of publications from key figures within what Kensmil calls Black Modernity. All of these books are available to read in our Library. In the installation, these books are accompanied by a series of drawings, large and small, which reflect on the historic position of the back subject within emancipatory politics, art history, hiphop and the anti racist and Black Lives Matter protests which have recently gained increasing visibility and traction.  For Kensmil her style of painting and use of portraiture has a specific function. By bringing them into the European art museum she gives Black individuals, who have had a formative historic role, their place in art history.

BECOMING MORE

Study in Black Modernity was commissioned as part of Becoming More, a ten-day caucus event comprising lectures, performances, screenings, commissions, discussions and food hosted by the Van Abbemuseum. Kensmil has been invited along with other artists to develop and co-author the caucus. Drawing on previously neglected histories and generating new work with promising artists in the Netherlands stimulates the Van Abbe to take part in a broader dialogue as a catalyst for change. In this context Iris Kensmil has convened the programme of the opening on Thursday 18 May (lecture by Gloria Wekker) an the programme On experiences and Choices on Friday 19 May.”

2015

We the People who are darker than blue, 2015 (second version)

Installation

We the People who are darker than blue, 2015, (second version)
We the People who are darker than blue, 2015, (second version)
Ink, pastel on paper (310 x 470 cm), dj-set on table.
We the People who are darker than blue, 2015, (second version)
We the People who are darker than blue, 2015, (second version)
Ink, pastel on paper (310 x 470 cm), dj-set on table.

2010

No Sidon na bakra sturu, with Charl Landvreugd, 6to8months @ Kara Walker studio, New York

Solo Exhibitions

No Sidon a bakra sturu
No Sidon a bakra sturu
I.c.w. Charl Landvreugd, tempera, casein on wall + ink, pastel op paper, sizes variable, Location Kara Walker studio, New York, USA
No Sidon a bakra sturu
No Sidon a bakra sturu
I.c.w. Charl Landvreugd, tempera, casein on wall + ink, pastel op paper, sizes variable, Location Kara Walker studio, New York, USA

 

Sidonhopo

Installation

Sidonhopo
Sidonhopo
Print on canvas, pigments en casein, ink, pastel on paper, ca. 465 x 1140 cm, Location, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Sidonhopo, detail
Sidonhopo, detail
Print on canvas, pigments en casein, ink, pastel on paper, ca. 465 x 1140 cm, Location, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Sidonhopo, detail
Sidonhopo, detail
Print on canvas, pigments en casein, ink, pastel on paper, ca. 465 x 1140 cm, Location, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Sidonhopo, detail
Sidonhopo, detail
Print on canvas, pigments en casein, ink, pastel on paper, ca. 465 x 1140 cm, Location, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

2008

And assorted men came to hear

Installation

And assorted men came to hear
And assorted men came to hear
6 x 244 x 244, ink, pastel on paper, latex, pigment, casein, dvd, beamer on turning-table

 

Then they marched

Installation

Then they marched
Then they marched
Tempera, casein on wall + ink, pastel op paper, sizes variable

 

The true meaning

Installation

The true meaning
The true meaning
Tempera, casein on wall + ink, pastel on paper, sizes variable

2007

The problem of defence

Installation

The problem of defence
The problem of defence
Tempera, casein on wall + ink, pastel on paper pigment casein on wall, ink, watercolour, pastel on paper, 305 x 70 cm