Madé van Krimpen presents "On The Inside," a solo exhibition by Iris Kensmil, in the gallery.

Opening: Thursday 30 May, 5 – 8 PM
Prinsengracht 615 H Amsterdam

“On The Inside” showcases portraits in a domestic setting that evoke a sense of intimacy and connection. “For me, it’s about an attitude towards the characters and memories, which I place in a broader context. This context can be warm family gatherings, but also locations where we know the situation is uninhabitable; a person strongly rooted in the uniqueness of the house or in spatial isolation; a domestic detail that intrigues. “On The Inside” reflects on – and embraces – the inner presence within the outside world.” – Iris Kensmil

Visual artist Iris Kensmil (1970) focuses on the empowerment of Black people from a feminist perspective. She gives presence to a history as made and still in the making by Black people. In her paintings, drawings and installations she depicts important Black writers, musicians and activists, Black voices and experiences in the pursuit of emancipation and progress. The special way in which she depicts this theme in a clear confrontational style has established her status as an important and innovative artist. Kensmil represented the Netherlands at the 2019 Venice Biennale, and her work is shown in many museums in various countries.

Kensmil studied at the Minerva Academy of Fine Arts in Groningen (1992 – 1996) and completed a residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York (2009 – 2010). Currently, she lives and works in Amsterdam. Kensmil represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale 2019, and her work is exhibited in numerous museums in various countries.