The exhibition will also include the work 'Food Faerie' by Yinka Shonibare MBE, an artist closely associated with his use of fabric. His trademark material is the brightly coloured ‘African' fabric he buys at Brixton market. The fabric was inspired by Indonesian design, mass-produced by the Dutch and eventually sold to the colonies in West Africa. In the 1960's the material became a new sign of African identity and independence. Shonibare's work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. Having described himself as a ‘post-colonial' hybrid, Shonibare questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions.
The exhibition at Staatsgalerie Stuttgart runs from 21 March 2014 until 22 June 2014.