SPACE ON RYDER FARM I 2019
Las Mujeres is a tribute to the women in my lineage on my mother's Dominican side. It explores how lineage is rewritten onto the body, and how we carry remnants from those who came before us. The names are literally enscribed onto the body in waterproof pigment, starting with my great-grandmother and ending with all her daughters. I have tied my hair the way they used to and the way my mother taught me, and wear a long skirt as they would in Dominican Republic. Through the act of inscribing their names on my body, and taking photos, they are further memorialized and elevated as a part of the art.
GOLD LEAFING & PHOTOGRAPHY BY KENNY NGUYEN
PARIS, FRANCE I 2020
"...what does it say to viewers today when museums display gleaming white statues? What does it say when the only people of color one is likely to see appear on a ceramic vessel?" - The Myth of Whiteness in Classical Sculpture by Margaret Talbot. Through the use of gold-leafing, this piece explores the queer immigrant body as sculpture. The fragile nature of gold leafing underlies the creation and destruction that coexist in rendering the body as art, and the way in which identity always emerges through the material.