Kenny Dunkan, MAS-A-PWOTEKSYON © ADAGP, 2018. Vue de l’installation, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, 2018. Produite par Lafayette Anticipations, Paris. Photo : © Pierre Antoine
Kenny Dunkan, MAS-A-PWOTEKSYON © ADAGP, 2018. Installation view, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, 2018. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations, Paris. © Pierre Antoine

Details on the works

Date: 2018

MAS-A-PWOTEKSYON
2018
Nylon hose clamps, black oxide steel nuts, shoes, PMMA acrylic, protein styling gel and hair wax

DUAL CONDITIONING SYSTEM. LOTTA BODY SET AND TWIST
2018
PMMA acrylic, nylon hose clamps, hair conditioner, hair

TRANSFERT 1, 2 et 3
2018
Bath towels, melanin, wood, aluminum

In a double movement, comprised on the one hand of overexposure and on the other of a quest for protection, Kenny Dunkan tackles the stakes involved in the representation of black bodies. In this work he summons and revisits several references belonging to the iconography of Christian religious sculpture. In this manner, the three shrouds on the wall bear the imprint of his body. The flakes from freshly scrubbed skin after a bath become pigments that permeate a canvas. Traces emerge that fly in the face of the stereotypes of the body’s "purity" and "impurity". This display of intimacy is completed by lying figures in the classical tradition of the "gisants" (recumbent figures), the funerary sculptures of important historical figures. The artist built two armours which reference as much the funereal protections which accompanied the deceased into the after life, as fetishist mise-en-scenes. They challenge stereotypes associated to the black body: from its vulnerability within the public space to its hypersexualisation.
Kenny Dunkan, MAS-A-PWOTEKSYON © ADAGP, 2018. Vue de l’installation, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, 2018. Produite par Lafayette Anticipations, Paris. Photo : © Pierre Antoine
Kenny Dunkan, MAS-A-PWOTEKSYON © ADAGP, 2018. Installation view, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, 2018. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations, Paris. © Pierre Antoine
Kenny Dunkan, DUAL CONDITIONING SYSTEM. LOTTA BODY SET AND TWIST © ADAGP, 2018. Installation view, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, 2018. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations, Paris. Photo : © Pierre Antoine
Kenny Dunkan, DUAL CONDITIONING SYSTEM. LOTTA BODY SET AND TWIST © ADAGP, 2018. Installation view, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, 2018. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations, Paris. © Pierre Antoine
Kenny Dunkan, TRANSFERT 1, 2 et 3 © ADAGP, 2018. Installation view, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, 2018. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations, Paris. Photo : © Pierre Antoine
Kenny Dunkan, TRANSFERT 1, 2 et 3 © ADAGP, 2018. Installation view, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, 2018. Produced by Lafayette Anticipations, Paris. © Pierre Antoine