Revolution Kid (Fox), 2012
Yinka Shonibare MBE, 'Paradise Beyond' at Gemeentemuseum, Helmond
20th September 2016 – 12th February 2017
The Gemeentemuseum in Helmond is delighted to announce a solo exhibition of works by Yinka Shonibare MBE.
Paradise Beyond will showcase a selection of sculpture, installation, collage, drawing, photography and film by Yinka Shonibare, from the period 2004 – 2016. Exploring themes of race, class and power, Shonibare's seductive and humorous work makes sensitive socio-cultural topics accessible to the audience.
The exhibition focuses on the repetition in historical cycles of wealth, conflict, revolution and war, in the ultimate quest for paradise. "Paradise Beyond" suggests that somewhere beyond the horizon lies paradise - but where and when this will be found remains uncertain.
Yinka Shonibare MBE is known for his use of colourful African batik fabric sourced from the Helmond-based Vlisco textile factory. The Vlisco patterns or imitation batik are inspired by Indonesian design and for several decades have been very popular in West Africa. Since the 1960s the fabrics have been used as a symbol of African identity and independence - which supports Shonibare’s motto: nothing is what it seems.
In connection with Shonibare's 'Paradise Beyond', Vlisco will also be exhibiting classic patterns, re-interpretations and new designs in the separate exhibition Un par Un. The exhibition focuses in on four specific aspects: the company’s history, production processes, design processes and the use of the fabrics in fashion and art. In this presentation, developed especially for Vlisco’s 170th anniversary, the emphasis will be on captivating the visual qualities of the fabrics and their powerful symbolism.