The Acacias Art Center hosted Kenny Dunkan's "No Apologies" exhibition in October 2021. This marked the first Reiffers Art Initiatives mentorship program exhibition under the mentorship of American artist Rashid Johnson.
“I have too often apologized to myself for being who I am," says the artist. “Because of my skin color, my sexuality...Today, I don't want to apologize for being the person I am anymore."
– Kenny Dunkan.
Reiffers Art Initiatives, an endowment fund for young contemporary creation and cultural diversity, opened the inaugural exhibition of its mentorship program “NO APOLOGIES” at the Acacias Art Center in October 2021. The exhibition featured work by French artist Kenny Dunkan, under the mentorship of world-renowned artist Rashid Johnson.
"NO APOLOGIES" delved into the artist's thoughts on his Caribbean heritage. Each installation formed a microclimate, drawing on the cultural richness of Guadeloupe ౼ from the aesthetic and symbolic power of carnival to mythologies and magical and religious beliefs.
It also served as a platform for Kenny Dunkan to discuss the post-colonial heritage of his island. The body itself, a recurring theme for the artist, who never hesitates to use his own black body, was also at the heart of the collection: a fragmented body, diverse and in the making. The title "NO APOLOGIES" ("no excuses") is the artist’s way of adressing the current violence against bodies, whether black, gay, and his refusal to excuse these actions.
NO APOLOGIES is the inaugural programme of the Reiffers Art Initiatives mentorship with the support of Mazarine, La Mode en Images and the Acacias Art Center. Kenny Dunkan, the first artist to receive the award, has continued an in-depth dialogue with his mentor Rashid Johnson.
Nourished by his exchanges and the advice of the famous Afro-American artist, Kenny Dunkan has proposed an exhibition at the opening of FIAC 2021 in the form of an initiatory journey through monumental and immersive installations, sculptures, videos and photographs, recounted in this exceptional book, which bears witness to a unique creative epic.
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Reiffers Art Initiatives’ mission is to support France’s new art scene and give it international visibility. It finances and gives exposure to thirty emerging artists every year, who will influence tomorrow’s contemporary art scene.
LA PROCHAINE FOIS, LE FEU
La deuxième exposition du programme de mentorat Reiffers Art Initiatives à l’occasion de Paris + par Art Basel.
Reiffers Art Initiatives, an endowment fund for young, contemporary creation and cultural diversity, presented the inaugural exhibition of its mentorship program, "La prochaine fois, le feu" at the Acacias Art Center in October and November 2022. The exhibition featured the works of French-Senegalese artist Alexandre Diop, under the mentorship of world-renowned artist Kehinde Wiley.
As a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna under the tutelage of Daniel Richter, Alexandre Diop anchored his artistic approach in painting and sculpture, with a particular interest in the materiality of the elements used, most often found in his surrounding environment. The artist explores the theme of African identity, which follows in the footsteps of great artists including his mentor Kehinde Wiley. Diop’s work has been showcased in exhibitions in Italy, Austria and the United States, and in several international collections as well.
The exhibition "La Prochaine Fois, Le Feu" featured the publication of Reiffers Art Initiatives' third art book relating the 2022 edition of the mentorship between artists Alexandre Diop and Kehinde Wiley.
Through an exhibition at the Acacias Art Center, this book reveals a rich plastic dialogue between a young talent from the French art scene and an international figure of contemporary art. It also relates, through a series of texts and photographic archives, the creative process of a young autodidact artist, who through large format materializes his work in multiple techniques.
Numéro 238 of April 2023
In this Numéro 238 : Marion Barbeau, the first dancer of the Paris Opera Ballet who recently made her film debut with Cédric Klapisch; an exclusive interview with the iconic Monica Bellucci, who will play the Italian photographer Tina Modotti in a series of images by Marcel Hartmann; the young French film star Garance Marillier, soon to appear in the film Marinette.
Also, a meeting with Alexandre Mattiussi, founder of the AMI label, who talks about his latest collection; the pictorial cosmogonies of the American artist Ouattara Watts at the Cécile Fakhoury gallery; Vincent Fecteau, a sculptor with a passion for enigmatic forms; an interview with Adam Linder, the choreographer who brings dance into the exhibition space; and fashion series by Cho Gi-Seok, Koto Bolofo, Yulia Gorbachenko, Rory van Millingen, Elina Kechicheva and Txema Yeste.
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