YINKA SHONIBARE MBE ...AND THE WALL FELL AWAY

28 September 2016 - 5 November 2016
Yinka Shonibare MBE will present his sixth solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery in London titled ‘...and the wall fell away'. The show will mark a significant transition in the artist's practice, by subverting the Dutch wax Batik fabric for which he is known. He moves away from fabric itself and manipulates the pattern in unfamiliar ways. The show coincides with a major commission that is currently displayed on the frontage of the Royal Academy on Burlington Gardens. A monumental hand painted mural on the inside gallery walls will echo the motif of the hoarding on the outside of the Royal Academy; an important link and ongoing inspiration for the artist.

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.