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KENDAL HENRY

Kendal Henry is an artist and curator who lives in NYC and specializes in public art. He has worked on a variety of public art projects and programs in the US, Europe, Russia, Asia and Australia. Kendal has served as a Manager of Arts Programs at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Arts for Transit for eleven years. During that time, he has overseen the fabrication and installation of their permanent art projects, served as a member of the MTA’s in-house design team, produced temporary exhibitions at Grand Central Terminal, and produced the MTA’s award-winning poster program. Previous to his experience at the MTA, he served as a project manager at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Percent for Art Program.

While in Dushanbe, Kendal worked with a group of local artists to create public art inspired by the uses and availability of water in the area. The artists focused on utilizing art as a tool for education, communication and empowerment while maintaining the merits of a work of art and reflecting a variety of contemporary art practices. During the Global ArtLab workshops, eleven water-inspired artworks were created and unveiled during an opening presentation, and two others were created in subsequent weeks. Many of them commented on the dispartity between the abundance of water sources in Tajikistan, in the many rivers and streams that flow from the mountainous regions, and the restrictions placed on how water can be used and by whom. Through this paradox, the works also explored issues of class, preservation/conservation, self-reliance, sustainability, accessibility and aspects of human nature.

Kendal was hosted by Farukh Kuziev, Acting Director, Bactria Cultural Center (Dushanbe, Tajikistan).

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