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Adam and Eve

Yinka Shonibare CBE

1962 - Present

Adam and Eve

2013
Fibreglass mannequins, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, fibreglass, wire, leather and steel baseplates
285 x 230 x 115 cm

Adam and Eve is a multi-media sculpture of two headless figures based on the biblical characters of the same name. It evokes the precise moment when Eve plucks the forbidden fruit from the tree. Yinka Shonibare CBE reconstructs Paradise as the first representation of utopia. Through this installation, he questions the story of the genesis in the Bible. His version of Adam and Eve is clothed in African batik fabric alluding to the overlap between world cultures and leaving room for speculation and exploration. Is Paradise a mere myth, or did it actually exist and if so, where was it located?

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