I R I S K E N S M I L (1970, NL) is an Amsterdam-based visual artist with a Surinamese background, She is known for her installations, paintings and drawings in her own vivid style. She honours the history of how Black movements and Black intellectuals, writers, musicians, artists and activists are increasingly influencing the shaping of our future. Iris Kensmil creates a visual construction of "Black Modernity", following her drive to work on a future history, which includes herself too, The style and quality of her work invites the viewer to share her perspective.
Kensmil studied Fine Arts at the Minerva Academy in Groningen (1992-1996). From 2014 till 2018 she has been a member of the Jury of the Dutch Royal Award for Modern Painting. Furthermore, Iris represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennial 2019 with Remy Jungerman.
Other exhibitions: 2020: 1 Million Roses, Albertinum, Dresden, DE: 2019: Women Make History. Feminism in the Age of Transnationalism, Haifa Museum of Art, ISR.; Blues Before Sunrise, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen,NL; Neither Black/Red/Yellow Nor Women, Times Art Center Berlin, 2017: Becoming More caucus at the Van Abbemuseum (programming and installation Study in Black Modernity). Black and Revolutionary, The Black Archives, Amsterdam; 2012: Time Trade Travel, SMBA, Amsterdam & Accra, Ghana: 2010: Monumentalism, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; 2009: Wakaman: Drawing Lines, Connecting Dots, Fort Zeelandia, Paramaribo, Suriname; 2005: and Respect! Forms of community, Musée Dar-Si-Said & Palais el-Badi, Marrakech, Morocco.
Overview Dutch Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2019, with 2 of the 3 installations of Iris Kensmil.