Kajahl Benes’ Parallel Histories

Aug 25, 2016 / by Juxtapoz / Juxtapoz

Kajahl Benes’ oil paintings merge icons from parallel histories along with his own constructed mythology prodding the viewer to re-examine mainstream historical paradigms.

Brooklyn-based artist Kajahl Benes’ oil paintings “merge icons from parallel histories along with his own constructed mythology prodding the viewer to re-examine mainstream historical paradigms. Re-appropriating African tribal costumes, ancient Roman military attire, and science fiction iconography, Benes references traditional Western portraiture, contemporary technology, and questions both the legitimacy of past records and the direction of future cultures.”