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Yinka Shonibare MBE
September 1 @ 08:00 - October 6 @ 17:00
Ruins Decorated marks Yinka Shonibare’s first solo exhibition with Goodman Gallery, his second solo in South Africa and a rare moment of visibility on the African continent.
It is apt that the artist – whose career launched over the past decade in response to his transgressive public art work – is to exhibit in South Africa in the wake of the removal of the Cecil John Rhodes statue and the subsequent debates around colonial monuments and how to re-cast them in public memory.
For this exhibition of new and never before exhibited work, Shonibare asks questions on what it means to forge modern African identities and complicates debates on cultural appropriation. He asks: Can the seemingly ruined be remade in the inclusive colours of the excluded? Can the power of collusion and hybridisation create a third ideal which transcends prejudice?
Shonibare will be in Johannesburg and Cape Town during the first week of August and is available for interviews upon request.
7pm, 4 September, The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg: Yinka Shonibare and William Kentridge in conversation.
Both artists have forged singular practices, which have taken off in the past ten years and have project spaces that look to empower and support artists in the form of Guest Projects in London and The Centre for the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg.
11:30am, 8 September, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg: Yinka Shonibare and Hlonipha Mokoena in conversation.
Shonibare and Mokoena share an interest in the history of textiles as it pertains to postcolonial relations between Africa and Europe, which is sure to make for an interesting exchange.
The press pack can be found at this link. Press release attached.