Yinka Shonibare, MBE - A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman and Child.
Yinka Shonibare, MBE, detail from A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman and Child. Courtesy of the artist, James Cohan Gallery, New York, and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Realized with assistance from Miami Art Museum.
Oct. 31, 2008 - Jan. 18, 2009
Yinka Shonibare, MBE - A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman and Child
Yinka Shonibare, MBE, British-born of Nigerian parents, is best known for installations and photographs reflecting the legacy of 19th century colonialism. He creates mise-en-scénes of headless mannequins in Victorian attire of wax-printed African fabrics, produced in Britain and the Netherlands. The missing identities play into his fashion/fabric/production correlations.
Shonibare creates a mélange of African and European cultures reflecting a legacy of the colonizer and the colonized. The installation Shonibare will create for MAM, A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman and Child, features an idealized family clothed in his wax-printed, 19th century attire astride human powered 19th century flying machines. The symbolic aspirations of flying, expressive of emancipatory freedom, allude to the monumental efforts by thousands of refugees to reach a city of promise as millions of tourists arrive seeking fun-and-sun.
Yinka Shonibare, MBE: A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman and Child is organized by Miami Art Museum and curated by Assistant Director for Programs/Senior Curator Peter Boswell as part of New Work, a series of projects by leading contemporary artists. It is supported by the Funding Arts Network, Marilyn Holifield and Marvin Holloway, Akerman Senterfitt, and MAM’s Annual Exhibition Fund.