Yinka Shonibare CBE RA: Planets in My Head
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park presents landmark solo exhibition 'Yinka Shonibare CBE RA: Planets in My Head'. The exhibition celebrates Shonibare’s multimedia oeuvre, presenting artworks by the artist from the past three decades. Many of these works have never been shown in the United States, among them sculptures, paintings, photographs, collages, embroidery and film. Specifically for this exhibition, the artist created ‘Food Man’, a sculpture that references West Michigan’s rich agricultural tradition while raising questions about global food production and sustainability.
Shonibare, a self-proclaimed "postcolonial hybrid" of British-Nigerian heritage is best known for his playful combination of colourful Dutch wax-fabric patterns popular in West Africa with the fashion of upper-class Victorian culture. As this show reveals, Shonibare thinks globally and uses his artistic imagination to comment on colonialism, art history, environment, education, knowledge, food justice, and other subjects of universal concern.