Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)
Revolution Kid (Fox)
Revolution Kid (Fox)
Mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton, fibreglass, leather, taxidermy fox head, blackberry and 24 carat gold gilded gun 119 x 66 x 120cm, (46 7/8 x 26 x 47 1/4in)

Yinka Shonibare, MBE: FABRIC–ATION at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

2 March – 1 September 2013
 | Underground Gallery, Chapel, YSP Centre and open air

In March 2013 YSP presents the UK’s most extensive exhibition to date by British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE. FABRIC-ATION features over 30 works made between 2002 and 2013, including sculpture, film, photography and painting, many of which are shown in the UK for the first time. They include flying machines, aliens, toy paintings, food fairies, 
revolutionary children, spacemen and ballerinas.

The exhibition marks the premier of a new series of large sculptures for the public realm – two Wind Sculptures, which will be sited in the Park’s 18th century-designed landscape. Each measuring over six metres in height and richly painted with Shonibare’s signature batik fabric pattern, they will appear like large, glorious handkerchiefs caught by the wind.

Addressing issues pertinent to today’s society in Shonibare’s practice – the complexities of contemporary identity, dislocation, multiculturalism, global food production, corporate power and revolution – the exhibition traces how Shonibare has framed these concerns within a historical context, investigating the shaping role of the British Empire and the colonial past. The exhibition is accompanied by a major YSP publication, including texts by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Dr Rebecca Schneider, and Jean Fisher.


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