Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA)
Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve
Fibreglass mannequins, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, fibreglass, wire, leather and steel baseplates 285 x 230 x 115 cm © 2013, Yinka Shonibare MBE

Recreating the Pastoral

Solo Exhibition at VISUAL Carlow Ireland

6th February - 19th June

Recreating The Pastoral draws the viewer through a series of installations which juxtapose elements of elaborate 18th and 19th C European dress and courtly behaviour with contemporary political sensitivities expressed through Shonibare's use for Dutch wax cotton cloth, itself a culturally ambigious material replete with a colonial history of appropriation.The installations question Euro-centric histories, and are a powerful expression of the complexities inherent in contemporary discourse on post-colonialism and identity. Shonibare's Jardin d'Amour mimics the frivolity and excess of 18th C Europe. The theatrical staging of works. framed within an elaborate artificial maze draw references to the colonial relationship to landscape, and the control and creation of spaces for pleasure by a powerful elite.



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