Iris Kensmil

Born in 1970 in Amsterdam, Iris Kensmil lived the first half of her youth in Paramaribo, Suriname. She lives and works in Amsterdam.

Iris Kensmil creates a visual construction of "Black Modernity". The history of how Black movements and Black intellectuals, writers, musicians, artists, and activists are increasingly influencing the shaping of our future. Iris Kensmil represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennial 2019 with Remy Jungerman. Some exhibitions: “Becoming More caucus” at the Van Abbemuseum (programming and installation “Study in Black Modernity”) 2017. “Black and Revolutionary”, The Black Archives, Amsterdam (2018); “Time Trade Travel”, SMBA, Amsterdam & Accra, Ghana (2012); “Monumentalism”, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2010); “Wakaman: Drawing Lines, Connecting Dots”, Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname (2009); and “Respect! Forms of community”, Musée Dar-Si-Said & Palais el-Badi, Marrakech, Morocco (2005).

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