Here the New Negro begins

  • 2015
  • Iris Kensmil
  • oil on canvas
  • 140,2 x 110,6 x 3,1 cm
  • Location VAM, B0, 05, 00
  • Acquired in 2016
  • Inventory number 3367
  • met steun van / with support of Mondriaan Fonds

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This is a portrait of Marcus Garvey, founder of UNIA-ACL (Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League), a successful Black nationalist movement from the 1920s. Iris Kensmil: ‘For the history of Afro- American emancipation the Black nationalists have a significance of their own, which appeals to me and which is the reason I made various works about it. This fascination is perhaps most easily indicated by saying that equality by integration still connotes pursuing white privilege. The Black nationalists stand for a force and a respectability of their own.’

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