Kehinde Wiley Merch for 2022 Dakar Biennale Pop Up Shop

Pioneering artist Kehinde Wiley, recently honored for his work by The New School at Parsons, has set a creative precedent in his field and achieved significant milestones. In addition to his accolades, he is looking to push boundaries for contemporaries and the next generation of artists and has launched a new range of products for his Kehinde Wiley Shop.

Wiley’s latest venture includes a one-of-a-kind pop-up shop in partnership with the Dakar Biennale in Senegal, offering limited-edition items, including a “Simeon the God Receiver” silk robe, “Blue Boy” candle and a portrayed “Puffer” coat, a “Death of St. Joseph” painted basketball and more. In addition, each item is based exclusively on one of Wiley’s favorite archival pieces.

Net proceeds from the sale of the Biennale’s pop-up will go to Black Rock Senegal – Wiley’s non-profit artist’s residency program – to provide financial support for budding artists to have an intercultural, innovative and multidisciplinary platform .

In an exclusive conversation with HYPEBEAST about the BRS initiative, its store and its new range of items, Wiley says:

“Black Rock is an organization that celebrates creativity worldwide, but also celebrates creativity in West Africa by allowing artists from all over the world to come and create there. That celebration may well be the theme of Black Rock as we try to create a moment that frames individual voices and the creative temperature of West Africa in our time.”

“I felt compelled to create a line that could support Black Rock so that the organization could grow organically and sustainably. While many people may first come to know the store through their familiarity with my work, it is actually a gateway to the extraordinary level of excellence of our residents and an invitation to participate on a deeper level,” he adds.

Referring to his talent as an award-winning and world-renowned recording artist, Wiley also offered a bit of advice for those who follow in his footsteps: “Authenticity is something that cannot be ignored, which rises above all the other cultural offerings around us. . My creativity wasn’t noticed until I stopped copying the popular kids in my school and my city, the popular ideas that were being exchanged, and embraced things I knew were unpopular, but very true to myself.”

“It’s important for me to challenge myself and create projects that I’m afraid of. The fear of failure and the fear of missing the mark is something every artist should feel compelled to do at least once in their life. It’s a habit for me,’ Wiley concluded.

More information about the Dakar Biennale and Kehinde Wiley’s pop-up shop can be found on the artist’s website.

In other news, Hajime Sorayama’s CYBER LADIES’ WORLD show continues to gain popularity in Paris.

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