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Yinka Shonibare MBE, "Leisure Lady (with Ocelots)", (2001), Life-size fiberglass mannequin, three fiberglass ocelots, Dutch wax printed cotton, leather, glass.
Courtesy of the artist; James Cohan Gallery, New York; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.
This exhibition is a major midcareer survey of work by the UK-based Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. Shonibare’s artwork explores contemporary African identity and its relationship to European colonialism through painting, sculpture, installation, and moving image. Shonibare is best known for his work with visual symbols, especially the richly patterned Dutch wax fabric produced in Europe for a West African market that he uses in a wide range of applications. His tableaux of headless mannequins costumed in this fabric evoke themes of history and its legacy for future generations. Through these works he explores the complex web of interactions, both economic and racial, that reveal inequalities between the dominant and colonized cultures of Europe, Asia, and Africa. There will also be a site-specific installation created for this presentation titled Mother and Father Worked Hard So I Can Play that will be on view in several of the Museum’s period rooms.
Yinka Shonibare MBE is organized and toured by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia. The exhibition is curated by Rachel Kent.(read less)
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