YINKA SHONIBARE MBE ...AND THE WALL FELL AWAY

28 September 2016 - 5 November 2016
Private view: Tuesday 27 September 2016, 6-8pm
Frieze week West End private view: Thursday 6 October 2016, 6-8pm

Opening for Frieze week in October 2016, Yinka Shonibare MBE presents his sixth solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery titled ‘...and the wall fell away'.

The show marks a pivotal moment in the artist's practice with the complete absence of the Dutch wax Batik textiles for which he is known. Shonibare removes the fabric altogether and employs the batik designs in new forms; mural painting, bronze sculpture, screen prints on canvas and the appropriation of classical sculpture.

Shonibare uses the patterns of the batik fabrics as a device to interrupt the canon of classical and renaissance art and Western religious iconography. The intention to challenge and dismantle the boundaries of Western understanding is indicated in the title of the show. By leaving the ‘trace' of his trademark batik motifs, Shonibare gives a personal insight into the complexities of identity, nationality and colonial history.