For this exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery Yinka Shonibare MBE will produce his largest graphic work yet. Figures from Christian and African religious iconography merge into fantastical hybrids that bring to the fore the artist's concern with individual agency and aesthetic creativity. These will accompany exciting new Greco-Roman sculptures that take inspiration from the cast courts from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. These figures, recognisable as David or Venus de Milo, are hand-painted in Dutch wax Batik patterns, and have contemporary globes atop their bodies in place of a head. This new body of work will consider issues of appropriation and cultural interaction.
In September 2016 Yinka Shonibare will present a survey exhibition at Yale Center for British Art, which will focus on Shonibare's interest in the British historical figure Admiral Lord Nelson, whom he uses as an emblem of Britain's imperial history.