I just returned from a 9 day trip to Sydney, where I had the chance to see some wonderful artwork, including the work of Yinka Shonibare MBE showing at The Museum of Contemporary Art until Feb 2009. (BTW, the MCA is free to visit!) Yinka’s work was extremely striking, and lucky for me Hera was sound asleep in her stroller so I could take my time to appreciate the sculptures in particular.
For those not familiar, the MCA writes “From his eye-catching headless mannequins to engaging photographic narratives, Shonibare explores ideas about contemporary African identity, the legacy of European colonialism, class structures and social justice.”
Shonibare’s beautiful colonial style costumes sewn with African fabrics were extremely striking, and a little eerie since the manaquins didn’t have heads… but really, it was much more effective that way as once you add a head to something, the face & expression can distract from the pose & costume of each manaquin. It’s hard to put into words how the sculptures make you feel, but for me the scenes illustrated by the sculptures were compelling and brilliantly mock the indulgence of upper class society from that era.