At Serpentine South

12 April – 1 September 2024

Press view: Thursday 11 April, 9.30am-12pm

First solo institutional exhibition presented in London in over 20 years featuring two new large-scale installations: Sanctuary City and War Library

Suspended States marks a return for the artist who first exhibited at Serpentine South in 1992 and as a participant in the Interview Marathon in 2006

Serpentine is honoured to present a solo exhibition of new and recent works by British Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare (b. 1962, London, UK). Titled Suspended States, the exhibition will be presented at Serpentine South from 12 April to 1 September 2024. It will coincide with the artist’s presentation at the 60th International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia from April 2024.

The first solo exhibition of Shonibare’s work for over 20 years in a London public institution, it marks a return for the artist who first exhibited at Serpentine South in 1992 as a finalist in the Barclays Young Artist Award, and as a participant in Serpentine’s 2006 Interview Marathon.

Suspended States will include new and recent installations, sculptures, pictorial quilts and woodcut prints. The works on view will explore central themes of legacies of colonial power, sites of refuge and shelter. Shonibare’s new works centre on migration and related conflicts, conversations on public sculptures and their significance in our cities. The exhibition will also delve into the ecological impact of colonisation, the European legacy of imperialism and consequential attempts at peace.


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