Recreating The Pastoral by Yinka Shonibare MBE at VISUAL, Carlow, Ireland until 19 June

In an exhibition that runs until the 19th of June, VISUAL the multi-disciplinary arts centre in Carlow, Ireland Recreating The Pastoral  brings together a ra series of installations where Yinka Shonibare MBE has juxtaposed elements of elaborate 18th and 19th century European dress and courtly behaviour with contemporary political sensitivities expressed through his use for Dutch wax cotton cloth, itself a culturally ambitious material replete with a colonial history of appropriation. To learn more about this exhibition click here to access the VISUAL website.

yinka-shonibare-300x300Yinka Shonibare MBE, a Turner Prize nominee, created an edition for The Multiple Store, Kaleidoscope in which the artist playfully explores gender stereotypes and power relations. A kaleidoscope in the shape of a phallus, with the body beautifully decorated in the Dutch wax batik patterns the artist is known for, and the head made of highly polished brass. Click here to watch the artist discuss how this edition came about with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery.

A video of Yinka Shonibare MBE in conversation with Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Gallery filmed on 17 October 2014, when Kaleidoscope was first launched, is now available via this link

 

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