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.

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. 

Louis Vuitton - "Volez, Voguez, Voyagez" Exhibition 

La Mode en Images opened Louis Vuitton's iconic exhibition, “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez”, at the Shanghai Exhibition Center.

On the tails of Paris, Tokyo, Seoul and New York, Louis Vuitton brings "Volez, Voguez, Voyagez" to Shanghai. 

This remarkable retrospective on the history of the fashion house invites visitors on a journey into the heart of the brand. Here, they discover intergenerational works of art, spread across fifteen rooms and a section dedicated to the know-how of the House's craftsmen. As visitors explore each themed area of the exhibition space, they discover exceptionally rare objects, including the Marie Antoinette’s trunk.

With offices in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Asia, La Mode en Images designs and produces fashion shows, brand exhibits and large scale events for brands, who deliver custom-made and immersive events worldwide.

Collaboration with other areas of expertise within the Group enriches these moments with virtual experiences and NFT programs.

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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