In the Solo Duets series, Kunstinstituut Melly presents two solo exhibitions simultaneously. This iteration shows new work by Iris Kensmil (1970) and Jasmine Thomas-Girvan (1961).

Iris Kensmil is a Dutch artist with roots in Surinam. Her portraits of Black people in the modern Western world emphasise their central role as progressive thinkers and activists. Hers is a quiet exercise of reading, listening, looking – and then painting.

Jamaica-born and Trinidad and Tobago-based artist Jasmine Thomas-Girvan casts statues in bronze, silver and glass, often incorporating natural materials found in the Caribbean region. Her imaginative creations are inspired by folklore, myth and (oral) history.

Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij