Shonibare’s diverse practice wilfully subverts attempts to be categorised. His materials and imagery demonstrate an engagement with the complexities of contemporary cultural experience; the relationships between modernism and modernity, post-colonialism and colonialism, ‘Britishness’ and ‘Africaness’, issues of class, history, design and artifice. The exhibition comprises three new works; sculptural installations Hound and Cloud 9 and a large wall painting 100 Years. These works are shown alongside Victorian Philanthropist’s Parlour, 1996 – 97, an elaborate staging of a formal front parlour, with a twist.
Born in 1962 in London, Yinka Shonibare grew up in Nigeria and the UK, where he studied at Byam Shaw School of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. A large exhibition of his work premiered at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation