2014 MCA Plaza Project : Yinka Shonibare

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Wind Sculptures – by Yinka Shonibare. In the above image, from left to right, these are Wind Sculptures : V, IV and III.

 Location: Museum of Contemporary Art [MCA] Plaza.

 Description: Each sculpture is about 20 feet high, showing Dutch wax fabric known as African batik, evoking sails blowing by the wind alluding to the history of maritime trade, a recurring subject of Shonibare’s work. The artist considers Dutch wax-fabric a perfect metaphor for multilayered identity. For more, scroll down.

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MCA Chicago Plaza Project

This is the fourth iteration. Earlier being..
The Character and Shape of Illuminated Things – by Amanda Ross-Ho / 2013.. click here..
Work No. 1357, MOTHERS, 2012 – by Martin Creed /2012.. click here..
Installation by Mark Handforth / 2011

 


 

Wind Sculptures – by Yinka Shonibare at MCA Plaza

 


 

Wind Sculpture: IV - by Yinka Shonibare

Wind Sculpture: IV – by Yinka Shonibare

 

The MCA website click here.. explains the backdrop of these sculptures..
London-based artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE (British, b. 1962) has spent various parts of his life in England and Nigeria—two countries with a long, complex relationship. Born in England, but raised in Lagos in the wake of Nigeria’s independence, Shonibare has been influenced by his personal experiences in a newly liberated nation and its former colonial ruler, calling himself a “postcolonial hybrid.”

Shonibare is best known for his installations of headless mannequins dressed in clothing made out of Dutch wax fabrics—or “African” batik. Although these colorful fabrics in vibrant patterns have become a sign of cultural pride and identity for Africans, they are a colonial invention, having been mass-produced in Southeast Asia, and exported by the Netherlands since the mid-19th century. This type of fabric intrigues Shonibare because it is simultaneously a fully manufactured and an authentic sign of “Africanness.” In his cross-cultural investigations, Shonibare often examines moments in Western art history, especially the rococo and Victorian periods, that correspond with the early days of transatlantic maritime trade.

 

Wind Sculptures V  and IV - by Yinka Shonibare

Wind Sculptures – by Yinka Shonibare

 

This is a part of MCA Plaza Project. Earlier installations include..
2013: The Character and Shape of Illuminated Things – by Amanda Ross-Ho..
2012: Work No. 1357, MOTHERS, 2012 – by Martin Creed
2011: Installation by Mark Handforth.

 

Wind Sculpture: V - by Yinka Shonibare

Wind Sculpture: V – by Yinka Shonibare

 

Wind Sculpture: IV - by Yinka Shonibare

Wind Sculpture: IV – by Yinka Shonibare

 

Wind Sculpture: III - by Yinka Shonibare

Wind Sculpture: III – by Yinka Shonibare

 

Selfie with Wind Sculpture - by Yinka Shonibare

Selfie with Wind Sculpture – by Yinka Shonibare

 

Wind Sculptures - by Yinka Shonibare

Wind Sculptures – by Yinka Shonibare

 


 

RELATED LINKS..
MCA Plaza Project.. click here..

 


 

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1 Comment to “2014 MCA Plaza Project : Yinka Shonibare”

  1. Jyoti –these sculptures and your images of them are so strong. I keep returning to them, looking at them over and over. I’m especially drawn
    to your self-portrait –what you call your selfy. I’d write more, but I’m
    quite at a lack of how to express any better what I’ve already written;
    simply, these are compelling works, and very compelling images taken of
    the works.

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