Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)
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. 


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