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Yinka Shonibare CBE and David Goldblatt solo exhibitions open at Norval Foundation

The Norval Foundation in Cape Town is hosting major solo exhibitions by Yinka Shonibare CBE and David Goldblatt (13 February – 26 August). Anchoring Shonibare’s exhibition, titled Trade Winds, will be his African Library, an installation of around 4,900 books covered in Dutch Wax fabric first shown at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg last year. The library will be shown alongside Shonibare’s five part photographic series Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters as well as the sculptures Boy Balancing Knowledge II and Butterfly Kid (Girl) IV. Elsewhere at Norval Goldblatt’s iconic photographic series On the Mines is exhibited as a complete set for the first time. The series documents the communities and landscape associated with the gold mines of Gauteng, South Africa in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The exhibition will be accompanied by texts by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer.

Solo exhibitions for Yinka Shonibare CBE at Davis Museum at Wellesley College and Hereford Cathedral, and curator of exhibition at Royal Albert Memorial Museum

A solo exhibition of work by Yinka Shonibare CBE held by the Davis collection is on show at Wellesley College (7 February – 9 June). Titled Guns Drawn, the exhibition ‘exemplifys [Shonibare’s] theatrical depictions of beauty and violence, and his exploration of the inheritances of colonialism in our contemporary, globalised world’. Another Shonibare solo exhibition, titled Creatures of the Mappa Mundi, is on at the Hereford Cathedral (until 1 June). For this exhibition Shonibare presents a series of textile works that respond to the scenes depicted in the Mappa Mundi, the largest medieval world map still in existence. Criminal Ornamentation, a touring exhibition of nearly 100 works by over 50 artists from the Arts Council Collection curated by Shonibare, is on show at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (until 17 March).

Ghada Amer, Kapwani Kiwanga and Yinka Shonibare on group show ‘Soft Power’ at the Transpalette Centre d’art in France

SOFT POWER is a group exhibition at the Transplatte Centre d’art featuring contemporary artists who incorporate textiles into their practices (31 October – 19 January). The exhibition features among others Ghada Amer, Kapwani Kiwanga and Yinka Shonibare MBE whose work explores the conceptual implications of textile materials as a way to explore ideas around representation of black bodies, the experience of the exile and anti-feminist stereotypes. The result is a collection of work that ‘engage in the counter-event, a reverse positioning, against the flow of the alienating spectacle and the regeneration of a fossilized collective imagination,’ writes curator Julie Crenn.

Yinka Shonibare curates Art Council Collection exhibition

In association with the new Arts Council Collection, Yinka Shonibare MBE has curated a touring exhibition at Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester (21 September – 16 December). Titled Criminal Ornamentation, the exhibition features artists including Shonibare whose work ’explores the cultural and social dimensions of the use of pattern in modern and contemporary art’. The result is a collection of colourful, patterned artwork that challenge the notion that the presence of ornamentation in art should be considered bad taste.


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