Posted in Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Photography, Sculpture, Taxidermy & Grotesk by Suzanne on May 15th, 2008 | BBC Wikipedia
Named after a character in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the sculptures and photographs focus on the dark sides of the Enlightenment, colonialism and imperialism and show disability and mutilation where historiography wants us to see progress towards “civilisation”.
“I think the search for authenticity in culture is a noble one, but actually, in reality, it’s very rare to find a culture that hasn’t evolved as a result of influences from other cultures.”
If you can’t attend the show, make sure to watch the gallery’s short video interview with the artist. It informs you - inter alia - where in London Shonibare buys the gorgeous fabrics to dress up his beheaded mannequins.
Closes: Saturday, May 17, 2008
Address: James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001, tel: 212 714 9500
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