Monday, March 4, 2019

Yinka Shonibare MBE | Kaleidoscope

Yinka Shonibare MBE
London, UK: The Multiples Store, 2014
8 x 8 x 27 cm.
Edition of 45

"...Shonibare playfully reclaims an object from a familiar British tradition and subverts it through the use of batik patterns and by transforming the shape into that of a phallus. The opening at the head of the phallus reveals a distorted image of Sandro Botticelli's Birth of Venus. Shonibare has replaced the familiar image of the ideal female nude with a photograph of a well-endowed male, subverting the image and preforming an act of reverse objectification. This object can also be seen as a subversive take on 19th century Victoriana, and specifically the "peep show" images of women viewed through devices such as a kaleidoscope."
- The Multiples Store

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