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Iris Kensmil
updated: 05/28/2010
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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and, Then they marched
The true meaning
De dood van Malcolm X
If the Negro is inferior
Ragga, 2008
Faster
Mellow dance
Female mechanism
And assorted men came to hear
Grass Roots
Now on duty
The problem of defence
Asidomphopo, 2009
Asidomphopo, detail
Asidomphopo, detail
 
Portfolio Keywords:  historical, autobiographical, conceptual, identity
 
 
and, Then they marched by Iris Kensmil
and, Then they marched
mural, pigment, casein, ink, pastel on paper
2008
78" x  110" 
The true meaning by Iris Kensmil
The true meaning
mural, pigment, casein, ink, pastel on paper
2008
78" x  110" 
De dood van Malcolm X by Iris Kensmil
De dood van Malcolm X
ink, pastel on paper
2007
49.2" x  40.5" 
If the Negro is inferior by Iris Kensmil
If the Negro is inferior
ink, pastel on paper
2007
46.2" x  49.2" 
Ragga, 2008 by Iris Kensmil
Ragga, 2008
mural, pigment, casein, ink, pastel on paper
2008
Dimensions variable
Faster by Iris Kensmil
Faster
ink, pastel on paper
2007
46.2 " x  49.2 " 
Mellow dance by Iris Kensmil
Mellow dance
ink, pastel on paper
2007
48" x  49.2" 
Female mechanism by Iris Kensmil
Female mechanism
ink, pastel on paper
2007
51.2" x  49.2" 
And assorted men came to hear by Iris Kensmil
And assorted men came to hear
ink, pastel on paper, projection: dvd en beamer on turning table
2008
Dimensions variable
Grass Roots by Iris Kensmil
Grass Roots
ink, pastel on paper
2007
31" x  45.6" 
Now on duty by Iris Kensmil
Now on duty
ink, pastel on paper
2007
63" x  49.2" 
The problem of defence by Iris Kensmil
The problem of defence
ink, pastel on paper
2007
Dimensions variable
Asidomphopo, 2009 by Iris Kensmil
Asidomphopo, 2009
mural, pigment, casein, ink, pastel on paper
2009
Dimensions variable
Asidomphopo, detail by Iris Kensmil
Asidomphopo, detail
ink, pastel on paper
2009
Dimensions variable
Asidomphopo, detail by Iris Kensmil
Asidomphopo, detail
ink, pastel on paper
2009
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

Iris Kensmil creates postcolonial works originating in her personal motives. Born in Amsterdam, she spent part of her youth in Paramaribo, Surinam. She explores self-representation of being “Black-European” in paintings, murals, drawings, and layered installations. Her works commemorate and celebrate historical moments in the emancipation struggle of black people. In the absence of societal reflection on this theme in continental Europe, she has found most of her inspiration in the USA. Beside this, her works about Surinam focus on acquiring autonomous and good governance by the former colonized population.

Artist Bio / CV

Iris Kensmil

NL 1970

Monograph:

Iris Kensmil, Negroes [are oké], Rudi Fuchs, Ferdinand van Dieten, Amsterdam, 2008

Prizes and Grants:

2004               Wim Izaks Prize for painting.

2005-2009     several grants from Dutch Fund for Visual Art, Design and Architecture.

2009/10        residency ISCP, New York, NY, USA (with a grant Dutch Fund for Visual Art, Design and Architecture).

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2008   Handwriting on the wall, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss (NL)

2006 The Great March, Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten – d’Eendt, Amsterdam

2005 Praying Purity, Praying Safety, Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten – d’Eendt, Amsterdam

2003   Dream On, Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten – d’Eendt, Amsterdam

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2009   Kwakoe: Born on Wednesday, Kunsthal 52, Den Helder

            Wakaman drawing lines - connecting dots, Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Surinam

2008   Inertie, W139, Amsterdam

            Black is Beautiful, Rubens to Dumas, De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam

2007   Unbeschreiblich Weiblich, RC de ruimte, IJmuiden

Na 20 jaar Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten - d'Eendt, Amsterdam

Songs of Innocence and Aggression, National Gallery of Macedonia, Skopje

            Speakers, Aeroplastics, Brussels

Colored, Reopening W139, Amsterdam

2006   Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam (extended form of Installation Free Free at Last)

2005 Respect! Forms of community, Contemporary art from the Netherlands,
Musée Dar Si Saïd & Palais el-Badi, Marrakech, Morocco

            Inventors, Makers and Movers, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

2004   Wim Izaks prize, exhibition of the 3 nominees, Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht

            Van Bommel Van Dam Prize, Museum Van Bommel Van Dam, Venlo

            Artistic calling, interviews and drawings, Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten – d’Eendt

2003   Is de schilder happy? Océ-collectie 1995-2003, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo

            Royal Grant for Painting, Royal Palace, Amsterdam

2002   Art Brussels, Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten – d’Eendt

2001   Royal Grant for Painting, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

            Im(Langu)age, Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten – d’Eendt