The William Morris Family Album – A major commission by Yinka Shonibare MBE on display in Walthamstow until 7/June

The William Morris Family Album, the first major commission for the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, East London, is a Morris-inspired photographic exhibition by Yinka Shonibare MBE. The exhibition runs until the 7th of June.

The Victorian age, the legacy of Empire and the global textile trade are central themes in the work of Yinka Shonibare. In this new exhibition the internationally acclaimed British Nigerian artist turns his attention to William Morris. By inviting Waltham Forest residents to help recreate photographs of Morris’s family, he encourages viewers to reflect on the realities of equality in both Morris’s time and our own. To read more, go to the William Morris Gallery website.

From the 28th of April, Yinka Shonibare MBE will also be the object of a major exhibition at the DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art in Montreal, Canada. Click here for more details and an interview with the artist.

yinka-shonibare-300x300Yinka Shonibare MBE, a Turner Prize nominee, recently 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 where Kaleidoscope is also discussed is now available via this link

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