2019

Six Women (Understanding Futurity) 2019, charcoal on paper, acrylic on Wall, 325 x 1435 cm, @ Museum of Art, Haifa

Installation

Six Women (Understanding Futurity)
Six Women (Understanding Futurity)
Six Women (Understanding Futurity), 2019, charcoal on paper, acrylic on Wall, 325 x 1435 cm, @ Museum of Art, Haifa
(Wadiaa Qadoura Khartabil, Claudia Jones, Huda Sha'arawi, Philomena Essed, Suzanne Cesaire, Octavia E Butler)

 

Dutch Nurses, 2019 (2015), 16 drawings, ink, pastel on paper, pigment, casein on wall, 210 x 589 cm, @ Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, NL.

Installation

Dutch Nurses 2019 (2015)
Dutch Nurses 2019 (2015)
16 drawings, ink, pastel on paper, pigment, casein on wall, 210 x 589 cm, at Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen,

 

Iris Kensmil, When I dare to be powerful, 2019, pencil on wall, oil on canvas, 400 x 439 cm. @ Times Art Center, Berlin, DE

Installation

When I dare to be powerful, 2019
When I dare to be powerful, 2019
Pencil on wall, oil on canvas, 400 x 439 cm. @ Times Art Center, Berlin, DE (May Ayim, Katharina Oguntoye)

 

Venice Biennial 2019: The New Utopia Begins Here #1, acrylic paint on wall, oil on canvas, 550 x 1596 cm. @ Dutch Pavilion

Installation

The New Utopia Begins Here #1
The New Utopia Begins Here #1
2019, acrylic paint on wall, oil on canvas, 550 x 1596 cm. @ Dutch Pavilion
(Hermina Huiswoud, bell hooks, Amy Aswood Garvey, Sister Nancy, Octavia E. Butler, Claudia Jones, Suzanne Césaire) (ph Gerrit Schreurs

 

Venice Biennial 2019: The New Utopia Begins Here #2, 2019, ink and acrylic paint on wall, 580 x 390 cm. @ Dutch Pavilion (Audre Lorde)

Installation

The New Utopia Begins Here #2
The New Utopia Begins Here #2
2019, ink and acrylic paint on wall, 580 x 390 cm. @ Dutch Pavilion at Venice Biennial (Audre Lorde) (ph) Gerrit Schreurs

 

Venice Biennial 2019: Beyond the Burden of Representation, 2019, acrylic paint on wall, oil on canvas, books on shelves, 580 x390 cm. @ Dutch Pavilion

Installation

Beyond the Burden of Representation
Beyond the Burden of Representation
2019, acrylic paint on wall, oil on canvas, books on shelves, 580 x390 cm. @ Dutch Pavilion at Venice Biennial (stanley brouwn, David Hammons, On Kawara, Charlotte Posenenske, Adrian Piper) (ph) Gerrit Schreurs.

 

Sojourner Truth

Painting

Sojourner Truth, 2019
Sojourner Truth, 2019
Oil on canvas, 75 x 60 cm. collection Centraal Museum

 

Frantz Fanon

Painting

Frantz Fanon
Frantz Fanon
2019, oil on canvas on board, 22 x 14 cm, collection Miniature Museum

 

The New Utopia Begins Here: Sister Nancy

Painting

The New Utopia Begins Here: Sister Nancy
The New Utopia Begins Here: Sister Nancy
2019, oil on canvas, 155 × 105 cm. Private collection

 

The New Utopia Begins Here: Hermina Huiswoud

Painting

The New Utopia Begins Here: Hermina Huiswoud
The New Utopia Begins Here: Hermina Huiswoud
2019, oil on canvas, 155 × 105 cm.

 

The New Utopia Begins Here: Amy Aswood Garvey

Painting

The New Utopia Begins Here: Amy Aswood Garvey
The New Utopia Begins Here: Amy Aswood Garvey
2019, oil on canvas, 155 × 115 cm.

 

The New Utopia Begins Here: Octavia E. Butler

Painting

The New Utopia Begins Here: Octavia E. Butler, 2019
The New Utopia Begins Here: Octavia E. Butler, 2019
Oil on canvas, 155 × 115 cm. collection Van Abbemuseum

2018

The New Utopia Begins Here: bell hooks

Painting

The New Utopia Begins Here: bell hooks
The New Utopia Begins Here: bell hooks
2018, oil on canvas, 155 × 115 cm.

 

The New Utopia Begins Here: Claudia Jones

Painting

The New Utopia Begins Here: Claudia Jones
The New Utopia Begins Here: Claudia Jones
2018, oil on canvas, 155 × 105 cm.

 

The New Utopia Begins Here: Suzanne Césaire

Painting

The New Utopia Begins Here: Suzanne Césaire
The New Utopia Begins Here: Suzanne Césaire
2018, oil on canvas, 155 × 105 cm.

 

Study for Black Feminist #4

Drawing

Study for Black Feminist #4
Study for Black Feminist #4
2018, charcoal on paper, 150 x 114 cm

 

Study for Black Feminist #3

Drawing

IRIS KENSMIL-Study for Black Feminist #3
IRIS KENSMIL-Study for Black Feminist #3
2018, charcoal on paper, 165 x 118 cm

 

Study for Black Feminist #2

Drawing

Study for Black Feminist #2
Study for Black Feminist #2
2018, charcoal on paper, 150 x 114 cm

 

Study for Black Feminist #1

Drawing

Study for Black Feminist #1
Study for Black Feminist #1
2018, charcoal on paper, 165 x 122 cm

 

Genelva in Black Dress

Painting

Genelva in Black Dress
Genelva in Black Dress
2018, olieverf of linnen, 207 x 130 cm.

2017

February 21, 1965

Painting

February 21, 1965
February 21, 1965
2017, triptych, oil on canvas 150 x 380 cm.

 

Archiving the future History

Drawing

Archiving the future History
Archiving the future History
2017, charcoal,pastel on paper, 327 x 125 cm

 

Protesters #1 – #24

Drawing

protesters #1 -#24
protesters #1 -#24
2017, charcoal on paper, 24 x (42 x 30 cm)

 

Strijd tegen Zwarte Piet, November 2013 #2

Drawing

Strijd tegen Zwarte Piet, November 2013 #2
Strijd tegen Zwarte Piet, November 2013 #2
2017, charcoal on paper, 279 x 150 cm. collection The Black Archives, Amsterdam

 

At the Court

Painting

At the Court
At the Court
2017, oil on canvas, 130 x 160 cm.

 

Post Blackness

Drawing

Post Blackness, 2016
Post Blackness, 2016
Houtskool op papier 242,2 x 215,2 cm

 

By the Rivers

Painting

By the rivers
By the rivers
2017, oil on canvas, 110 x 140 cm.

 

Brokodei ini Diitabiki

Drawing

Brokodei ini Diitabiki 2017
Brokodei ini Diitabiki 2017
Charcoal on paper, 198,8 x 300,3 cm

 

Angela Davis was acquitted

Drawing

Angela Davis was acquitted
Angela Davis was acquitted
Charcoal on paper, 98 x 71 cm.

 

The Funeral of Malcolm X

Drawing

The Funeral of Malcolm X, 2018
The Funeral of Malcolm X, 2018
Charcoal on paper, 214,8 x 150 cm

 

Study in Black Modernity

Installation

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

STUDY IN BLACK MODERNITY, 2015 – 2017, 300 x 600 cm. collection Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (on photos the wall presentation 300 x 2300 cm)
Exhibition : 11/04/2017 – 12/06/2017, Curator: Annie Fletcher

“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.”

2016

The Motorcity is Burning

Painting

The Motorcity is Burning
The Motorcity is Burning
2016, oil on canvas 101 x 140

 

Jeje Disi

Drawing

Jeje Disi
Jeje Disi
2016, charcoal on paper, 255 x 300 cm, collection Centraal Museum Utrecht

 

Thandi Modise

Painting

Thandi Modise
Thandi Modise
2016, oil on canvas, 110 x 80 cm

 

Astrid

Painting

Astrid
Astrid
2016, oil on canvas, 80 x 65 cm

2015

Burned Church

Painting

Burned Church 2015
Burned Church 2015
Oil on canvas, 220 x 140 cm

 

Rhythm of Dutch spoken Words

Installation

Rythm of Dutch spoken Words
Rythm of Dutch spoken Words
2015, pigment casein on wall, oil on canvas, 350 x 517 cm.

 

Voices across the Ocean

Installation

Voices across the Ocean, 2015
Voices across the Ocean, 2015
Installation 394 x 700 cm, @ Club Solo, with Here the new Negro begins, 2015 en Angela Davis #2, 2015 (both collection Van Abbemuseum)

 

Gloria

Painting

Gloria
Gloria
2015, oil on canvas, 130 x 160 cm

 

Odetta

Painting

Odetta
Odetta
2015, oil on canvas, 110 x 140 cm

 

Angela Davis #2

Painting

Angela Davis #2
Angela Davis #2
Oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm. Collection Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven

 

Dutch Nurses, 2015 @ Club Solo, 16 drawings, ink, pastel on paper, pigment, casein on wall, 210 x 570 cm

Installation

Dutch Nurses 2015 at Club Solo
Dutch Nurses 2015 at Club Solo
16 drawings, ink, pastel on paper, pigment, casein on wall, 210 x 570 cm,

 

Here the New Negro begins

Painting

Here the New Negro begins
Here the New Negro begins
Oil on canvas, 140 x 110 cm. Collection Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven

 

Boy from Moengo

Painting

Boy from Moengo
Boy from Moengo
Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm

 

James Brown is dead #2

Painting

James Brown is dead #2
James Brown is dead #2
Oil on canvas, 110 x 140 cm

 

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.

 

Ferguson

Drawing

Ferguson
Ferguson
5 drawings, ink, pastel on paper

 

Landgenoten #1

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Landgenoten #1
Moengo Diary: Landgenoten #1
Ink and pastel on paper, 66,6 x 49,4 cm

 

Moengo Diary: Ronnie Brunswijk

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Ronnie Brunswijk
Moengo Diary: Ronnie Brunswijk
29.7 x 42 cm

 

Moengo Diary: Torn Photo #1

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Torn Photo #1
Moengo Diary: Torn Photo #1
42 x 29.7 cm

 

Moengo Diary: Torn Photo #2

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Torn Photo #2
Moengo Diary: Torn Photo #2
29.7 x 42 cm

 

Moengo Diary: A ten fu a feti

Drawing

Moengo Diary: A ten fu a feti
Moengo Diary: A ten fu a feti
20.9 x 29.7 cm

 

Moengo Diary: Kabiten Da Baaja (Petondre)

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Kabiten Da Baaja (Petondre)
Moengo Diary: Kabiten Da Baaja (Petondre)
42 x 29.7 cm

 

Moengo Diary: Morning in Drietabbetje

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Morning in Drietabbetje
Moengo Diary: Morning in Drietabbetje
29.7 x 42 cm

 

Moengo Diary: Rooted in Para

Drawing

Moengo Diary: Rooted in Para
Moengo Diary: Rooted in Para
29.7 x 42 cm

 

Noordzeeblues

Print

Noordzeeblues
Noordzeeblues
4 colour silkscreen, 42.3 x 58 cm

 

Wooden City Wagenwegstraat

Print

Wooden City Wagenwegstraat
Wooden City Wagenwegstraat
3 colour silkscreen, 40 x 45.5 cm

 

Wooden City 1

Print

Wooden City 1
Wooden City 1
2 colour silkscreen, 39.7 x 55 cm

 

Wooden City 2

Print

Wooden City 2
Wooden City 2
2 colour silkscreen, 40 x 65 cm

 

Wooden City 3

Print

Wooden City 3
Wooden City 3
2 colour silkscreen, 40 x 63 cm

 

Wooden City 4

Print

Wooden City 4
Wooden City 4
2 colour silkscreen, 40 x 62.5 cm

 

The Souls of Black Folk #2

Drawing

the souls of the black folk #2
the souls of the black folk #2
2015, ink, pastel, acrylic on paper, 98 x 71 cm

2014

Martin Luther King

Drawing

Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King
2014, ink, pastel on paper, 98 x 71 cm

 

Yellow Room

Painting

Yellow Room
Yellow Room
Oil on canvas, 130 x 205 cm

 

Quincy

Painting

Quincy
Quincy
Oil on canvas, 160 x 115 cm. Collection Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven

 

Ellen #1

Painting

Ellen #1
Ellen #1
Oil on canvas, 60 x 40 cm

 

Maroonwoman

Painting

Maroonwoman
Maroonwoman
Oil on canvas, 60 x 65 cm

 

James Brown is dead

Drawing

James Brown is dead
James Brown is dead
Ink pastel on paper, 161 x 125 cm

 

By any Means necessary

Drawing

By any means necessary
By any means necessary
Ink, pastel and acryl on paper, 70 x 49.5 cm

 

Haile Selassie

Drawing

Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie
Ink, pastel on paper, 100 x 70 cm

 

Inner space

Drawing

Inner space
Inner space
Ink, pastel on paper, 125 x 89.5 cm

 

Belanda Hitam #1

Painting

‘Displaced Persons’: Belanda Hitam #1
‘Displaced Persons’: Belanda Hitam #1
Oil on canvas, 
80 x 55 cm

 

Belanda Hitam #2

Painting

‘Displaced Persons’: Belanda Hitam #2
‘Displaced Persons’: Belanda Hitam #2
Oil on canvas, 180 x 115 cm. Private collection Washington D.C.

 

Boeroe #1

Painting

‘Displaced Persons’: Boeroe #1
‘Displaced Persons’: Boeroe #1
Oil on canvas, 180 x 115 cm. Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

2012

95th Birthday with Kwame Nkrumah

Print

95th Birthday with Kwame Nkrumah
95th Birthday with Kwame Nkrumah
1 colour silkscreen, 70 x 50 cm. nr 1/1(15) in collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

95th Birthday with Kwame Nkrumah

Collection Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

 

Du Bois, funeral

Print

Du Bois, funeral
Du Bois, funeral
4 colour serigraphy, 50 x 70 cm. nr 1/12(17) in collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

 

Pan African Congress 1921

Print

Pan African Congress 1921
Pan African Congress 1921
4 colour serigraphy, 50 x 70 cm. nr 1/3(23) in collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

 

The Negro Notes

Print

The Negro Notes
The Negro Notes
4 colour serigraphy, 70 x 50 cm. nr 1/8(27) in collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

 

The Souls of Black Folk

Print

The Souls of Black Folk
The Souls of Black Folk
2 colour silkscreen, 70 x 50 cm. nr 1/4(6) in collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

2011

Wie spreekt

Installation

Wie spreekt
Wie spreekt
2011, ink, pastel on paper, pigment caseinon wall, 344 x 298 cm. collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

2010

No Sidon na bakra sturu, with Charl Landvreugd,

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