Kentifrica is or Kentifrica Aint?

Organized By The Bindery Projects

Location: The Bindery Projects

706 Vandalia St, St Paul, MN 55114-1303 (44.962528, -93.189056)


Panel discussion Hosted at Juxtaposition Arts: 1108 West Broadway Ave N Minneapolis MN, 55114 Friday October 19th 7pm - with Chaun Webster, Gabrielle Civil, Nate Young and Caroline Kent The Bindery Projects is pleased to present Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle’s Kentifrica is or Kentifrica Aint. In her first solo exhibition in the Twin Cities Kenyatta will present artifacts on loan from the Kentifrican Museum of Culture as well as provide an opprotunites for attentees to taste Kentifrican cuisine for the very first time. Kentifrica (Ken-tif-rica) is a contested geography/continent that Hinkle is developing an educational and research platform for. The continent shares cultural influences from parts of West Africa and Kentucky. Through re-creating artifacts, sharing narratives, and customs from her research archives, Hinkle reconstructs a Kentifrican identity that invites a critical engagement of the intersections of: collective vs. personal histories, Diaspora, migration, immigration, cross-culturalism and issues of geography. Through the embodiment of various voices and modes of address, Hinkle examines what happens to bodies in transit and how they are contextualized culturally depending upon historical hegemonic signifiers of race and culture. The Kentifrica project exists as a multi-layered living and breathing organism that thrives off of collaborations with various individuals and communities who come from multiple social, cultural, geographical, and artistic experiences. Kentifrica is both a physical and theoretical space that blurs fiction and reality. It has an identity that is constantly shifting and open to various forms of collaborative interpretation. Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle born is Interdisciplinary visual artist, performer and writer, born in the West End of Louisville, KY in 1987 and is a descendant of Kentifrica. She received her B.F.A from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Painting. She is also an alumna of the New York Studio AICAD Program. Hinkle has exhibited work at American University in Washington D.C., Project Row Houses in Houston, TX, The Hammer Museum, and The Barnsdall Art Theater and was the youngest artist to participate in the Made in LA 2012 Biennial. Hinkle is the recipient of many awards and honors including the Jacob K. Javits Full Fellowship for Graduate Study (2009), The National Scholastics Excellence in Art Silver Portfolio Award (2005), and the Emerging Leader Award (2007) from the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 2007 and 2008 Hinkle received full scholarships through the Maryland Institute College of Arts, Office of Admissions and the Mentoring Network for travel to Spain & Morocco (2008), and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2007) for independent research concerning cultural identity and perception. The Bindery Projects is an alternative artist run exhibition space co-founded by Caroline Kent and Nate Young. The Bindery Project’s major goal is to facilitate engaging and meaningful exhibitions that operate outside the constraints of institution and market. It exists to be a catalyst for pragmatic critical thought and conversation. The Bindery Projects is located at: 708 Vandalia Street 4th floor Saint Paul, MN 55114 And is open for appointment only.