RICHARD KENNEDY | Prophetess 2

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Peres Projects
Prophetess 2, 2020
Acrystal, acrylic
18 x 10 x 13 in.


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Richard Kennedy’s multi-disciplinary practice is interested in relationships and navigating sexuality as it occurs at the inter- section of class, race and gender. His professional background is in music and opera, through which he initially began communicating and elaborating these ideas. Considering opera through a language of African American experience – drawing on the oral histories told through spirituals and chain gang songs, Kennedy disrupts the tradition of Western Theatre, where the primary mode of engagement is through observation, in order to generate new participatory modes of viewership. Throughout the process of creating costumes and set design for opera, Kennedy was led to painting, sculpture and video – drawing on a process of layering, obfuscation, and temporality (slowness) that contradicts his practice in live performance. Kennedy has presented solo exhibitions at Peres Projects, Berlin, solo performance works at ICA Richmond, The Studio Museum Harlem, MoMA, The Shed, The Kitchen, BOFFO Performance Festival and Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles. Upcoming solo-participation includes the Zabludowicz Collection in London and a group exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Paris.