Yinka Shonibare CBE RA is included in 'UnNatural History'
'Unnatural History' is a major group exhibition which explores natural history and climate change, curated by Invisible Dust as part of Coventry 2021 City of Culture. The presentation explores the role of the artist as an intrinsic part of the science of natural history, enabling our modern understanding of ecology, climate change, extinction and the threats to biodiversity. Featuring drawings, paintings, sculpture, installation, lens-based, digital media and new technologies, ‘UnNatural History’ connects these valuable collections to the past, present, and future of our relationship to nature through depictions, scientific representations and imagined realities created by artists. The presentation features Yinka Shonibare CBE’s 'Butterfly Kid (boy) IV', a winged figure with a globe head that references our fascination with butterflies in natural history collections, as well as global warming and its effects on nature.
‘UnNatural History’ features 26 international artists working in Aotearoa New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, Germany, India, Ireland, Kenya, Mexico, Singapore, Turkey, UK and the USA including Christina Agapakis, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & Sissel Tolaas, Doug Aitken, Angela Brazil, Gerard Byrne, David Claerbout, Mat Collishaw, Dorothy Cross, Frances Disley, Dubmorphology, John Gerrard, Alex Hartley, Andy Holden, Gözde İlkin, Tania Kovats, Michael Landy, Tony Matelli, Wangechi Mutu, Marianne North, Calvin Pang with David Robinson, Raqs Media Collective, Lisa Reihana, Sonya Schönberger, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Sarah Sze, Francis Upritchard and Danh Võ.
The exhibition is publicly funded by Coventry City Council, the Wellcome Trust and National Lottery Funded by Arts Council England.