Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)

Present

Fire Kid (Girl), 2020
Fire Kid (Girl), 2020
Fibreglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, globe, brass, steel baseplate, artificial tree, detachable branch, detachable hands with book 55 7/8 x 39 3/4 x 37 3/8 in 142 x 101 x 95 cm

Yinka Shonibare CBE Earth Kids

Solo exhibition at James Cohan Gallery New York

4 December 2020 -  23 January 2021

Earth Kids

“The wild is far from unlimited. It is finite. It needs protecting.” - David Attenborough 

James Cohan is pleased to present Earth Kids, an exhibition of new sculptures by Yinka Shonibare CBE. 

In Earth Kids, Shonibare makes a connection between the history of colonial domination and humankind’s domination of the natural world and the exploitation of its limited resources. The quartet of child-scaled sculptures champions the next generation of environmentalists fighting for climate justice—including young activists, such as Greta Thunberg—who have thrown a spotlight on the failings of previous generations of policymakers. These works, Shonibare states, are a call to action to protect the planet for our children.

Each of the four sculptures in Earth Kids represents an elemental force: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. These classical elements were believed by the Ancient Greeks to illustrate the complexity of the natural world. The artist has been making work about the elements and climate change since 2008 when he created a series called Globe Children in which children were precariously balanced on a large heat-map globe. 

 

G.A.S. Foundation

Artist Yinka Shonibare CBE launches G.A.S. Foundation

 

One of the world’s foremost artists, Yinka Shonibare CBE, has announced the development of his new artist residency in Lagos, Nigeria, due to open in 2021.

The Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to facilitating international artistic and cultural exchange and developing creative practices through artist residencies and international collaborations.

Based on an idea Shonibare began developing back in 2011, G.A.S. Foundation was established in 2019, launched under the umbrella of The Yinka Shonibare Foundation (UK).

Building works for both artist residency spaces in Lagos and Ijebu are now already underway.

 

Nelsons Ship in  Bottle
Nelsons Ship in Bottle
© 2010 Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare MBE Nelson's Ship in a Bottle

Nelson's HMS Victory

'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle' originally debuted on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square and is now permantley on display at The Nation Maritime Museum in Greenwich.The work is an incredibly detailed, scaled-down replica of HMS Victory, on which Nelson died during the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. It has 80 cannon and 37 sails set as on the day of battle. The fabrics used were inspired by Indonesian batik, mass-produced by Dutch traders and sold in West Africa.

 

Wind Sculpture Howick Place
Wind Sculpture Howick Place
© 2014 Yinka Shonibare MBE

Yinka Shonibare MBE Wind Sculpture

Commission for Howick Place

Wind Sculpture, a site specific commision, is permanently displayed as part of Howick Place in Victoria, London. Measuring 6 metres by 3 metres, the work explores the notion of harnessing movement, through the idea of capturing and freezing a volume of wind in a moment in time.

 

To look at previous exhibitions see Press

 
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