'yinka shonibare MBE ra: recreating the pastoral' at visual centre for contemporary art, carlow, ireland

6 February 2016
Yinka Shonibare MBE is in a major solo exhibition at the renowned Visual Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow, Ireland. 'Recreating The Pastoral' draws the viewer through a series of installations which juxtapose elements of elaborate 18th and 19th century 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.

The exhibition runs from 6 February until 19 June 2016.

Yinka Shonibare MBE at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art