Reiffers Art Initiatives - Mentoring Exhibition 2023

The third exhibition of the Reiffers Art Initiatives mentoring program at Paris + by Art Basel.

Lorna Simpson mentors artist Gaëlle Choisne for the third exhibition resulting from the 2023 mentorship, presented at the Acacias Art Center on the occasion of Paris + by Art Basel.

For this latest edition of its Mentoring Program, Reiffers Art Initiatives is presenting an exhibition by artist Gaëlle Choisne, accompanied by her mentor Lorna Simpson - a pioneer in the 80s of conceptual photography that closely links text and image - whose work has been exhibited in numerous prestigious art institutions and events, including the Venice Biennale in 1990.

Gaëlle Choisne is a French artist based in Paris. The artist likes to cross intellectual and artistic disciplines. Singing, music, sculpture, videos, debates and voodoo rites.

Gaëlle Choisne's artistic approach is guided by multiple inspirations. In her installations, created at the crossroads of sculpture and photography, she evokes her relationship with her Haitian origins. Represented by Galerie Air de Paris, the artist has already exhibited internationally, notably in London, Kyoto and the United States.

Reiffers Art Initiatives is a foundation created to support young contemporary creation and cultural diversity. 

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. 

Reiffers Art Initiatives - "No Apologies" Exhibition 

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.

Numéro 246

Numéro 246 of April-May 2024
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Issue 246 "Végétal", April-May 2024, features fashion series by Kenny Germé, Txema Yeste, Ben Hassett, Damien Krisl, Anthony Arquier and Edgar Berg.
 

Also featured in this issue: a portrait of Pretty Yende, one of the leading South African sopranos of our time, photographed by Fabien Montique; a portfolio of the immense photographer Paolo Roversi, honored by a major exhibition at the Palais Galliera; the meteoric rise of actress and singer Zendaya, the new icon of a generation, currently starring in the second part of Dune; and the revelation of French cinema Nadia Tereszkiewicz, who plays an astonishing role in Stéphanie Di Giusto's film Rosalie, and reveals herself through the lens of Luc Braquet.

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