Figure #1 & Protect Me: Two works by Kenny Dunkan
March 1–April 10, 2018
The Wolfsonian–FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue
As part of the Tout-Monde Festival of contemporary art from the Caribbean, The Wolfsonian presented two sculptures by Guadeloupe-born, Paris-based multidisciplinary artist Kenny Dunkan in its fifth-floor permanent-collection exhibition, Art and Design in the Modern Age. Two pieces made from chains of metal bolts, Figure #1 (2017) and Protect Me (2016), were informed by Dunkan’s Caribbean heritage and his present relationship to France. Together these works created a striking dialogue with the historical objects on view in the gallery that tell the story of Europe’s colonization of Asia, Africa, and the Americas through the eyes of colonizers. Dunkan, just one of many artists who have been able to share their own stories in the decades following decolonization, continued this narrative to the present and infused the mass-produced, industrial materials that make up his works with personal and spiritual meaning.