by Yinka Shonibare RA
Kaleidoscope by Yinka Shonibare CBE RA playfully reclaims an object from a familiar British tradition and subverts it through the transformation of the shape into a phallus and the 'peep show' within.
Wrapped in one of the artist's signature Dutch wax batik patterns, the opening at the head of the phallus reveals a re-imagining of Boticelli's The Birth of Venus. Replacing the familiar image of the ideal female nude with a photograph of a naked male, Shonibare seeks to question the male gaze by performing an act of reverse objectification.
Produced in a limited edition of 45, signed and numbered by the artist.
|Dimensions||27 x 8 x 8cm|
|Fabric & material||Brass/Perspex|
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Yinka Shonibare CBE RA was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art, graduating as part of the ‘Young British Artists’ generation. Over the past decade, Shonibare has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation. His expertly-crafted work explores these issues, alongside those of race, class and cultural identity, through painting, sculpture, photography, film and performance.
About Yinka Shonibare RA
Yinka Shonibare RA was born in London, in 1962 and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to the UK to study Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, London and Goldsmiths College, London, where he received his Masters in Fine Art.
Over the past decade, he has become well known for his exploration of colonialism... Go to artist page