The Fukuoka Art Museum presents Flower Power, Yinka Shonibare CBE's first solo exhibition in Japan. The exhibition explores the relationship between the museum's collection of Asian textiles and Shonibare's signature Dutch-wax batik fabrics. Flower Power unravels the complex history of the fabric, from its original conception based on Indonesian design, to its introduction to the African colonies in the 19th century, and its re-appropriation as a symbol of Black power and African independence in the 1960s.
Central to the exhibition is Woman Shooting Cherry Blossom (2019), a new work by Shonibare tracing the spread of the Edwardian dress in Dutch-wax fabric around the globe, reflecting the 19th century's globalised economy as well as the predominance of colonialism in this era. The cherry blossom shooting out of the rifle represents the postcolonial hybridisation of female identities emerging from the historical confines of Meiji Japan.
Flower Power accompanies the grand reopening of Fukuoka Art Museum's permanent collections display, a collection that includes work by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miro. The exhibition is on view until 26 May 2019.