yinka shonibare MBE and kendell geers in ‘the inverted worlds’ at bps 22 in charleroi, belgium

26 September 2015
A major group exhibition exploring the relationship between popular culture and contemporary art, titled ‘The Inverted Worlds', opens at BPS22 in Charleroi, Belgium. The exhibition has been produced by the BPS 22 and the Mons 2015 Foundation in partnership with the Province of Hainaut, the City of Charleroi, Wallonia-Brussels Federation and the Walloon Region.

It will feature ‘Scramble for Africa', 2003, a work by Yinka Shonibare MBE. The work is a recreation of the 1885 Berlin Conference which sought to formalise the colonial power's access to the interior of Africa and freedom to trade in the Congo. In this work, Shonibare questions western imperialistic attitudes towards Africa.

It will also feature Kendell Geers' important installation 'Kode-X', 2003; steel shelves filled with cultural objects which the artist found in flea markets and antique shops in Brussels, ranging from African sculptures to modern iconographic images like a statue of Lara Croft. 'Kode-X' is constructed as a room which can be seen from the outside, but which the viewer can also enter. The overall effect is that of a Wunderkammer/Curiosity Cabinet. Almost mummified, the objects become charged with questions concerning our view of history and the construction of meaning.

‘The Inverted Worlds' runs from 26 September 2015 until 31 January 2016.

Yinka Shonibare MBE and Kendell Geers at BPS 22