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Yinka Shonibare, Gallantry and Criminal Conversation, 2002

From the National Museum of African Art:

Moral values and sexuality have provided Shonibare with rich subject matter, culminating in his vast installation Gallantry and Criminal Conversation. This work is inspired by the phenomenon of the Grand Tour, an extended trip focusing on the art, culture and history of Europe (particularly France and Italy) that was considered central to the education of young ladies and gentlemen in the 17th and early 18th century.

Shonibare’s installation explores the slippages between public and private life, revealing hidden intimacies and exchanges. The Grand Tour is simultaneously revealed as a kind of covert sexual tourism (adultery was called “criminal conversation” at the time) or alternately a coming of age for wealthy young European socialites.

Shonibare’s installation also features a horse-drawn carriage—the typical mode of transport for these young aristocrats before the advent of mass railway travel in the 1840s. The trunks that would have accompanied them on their journey are featured as playful props in Shonibare’s decadent sexual scenario, as is a carefully poised parasol. 

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Hyok Bong Kim of DPR Korea plays a forehand against Timothy Wang of the United States during their Men’s Singles Table Tennis match on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL
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Hyok Bong Kim of DPR Korea plays a forehand against Timothy Wang of the United States during their Men’s Singles Table Tennis match on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL

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Cameron van der Burgh of RSA reacts after winning the gold in the Men’s 100m Breastsroke 
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Valentina Vezzali of ITA celebrates during her Women’s Foil Individual Fencing Bronze Medal Bout
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Valentina Vezzali of ITA celebrates during her Women’s Foil Individual Fencing Bronze Medal Bout

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Rosalba Forciniti of Italy celebrates winning the bronze medal A against Marie Muller of Luxembourg on Day two of the London 2012 Olympic Games
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Rosalba Forciniti of Italy celebrates winning the bronze medal A against Marie Muller of Luxembourg on Day two of the London 2012 Olympic Games

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It may be just the 5th largest statue of Jesus in the world, but Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) in Rio de Janeiro is certainly the most famous.

The Art Deco statue was built between 1922 and 1931 atop Corcovado mountain to serve as a symbol of Brazilian Christianity and peace. Thousands of tourists flock to the statue everyday, so get there early if you hope to snap a clear shot - the Cristo’s a popular guy!

The over shoulder at school (Taken with Instagram)

The over shoulder at school (Taken with Instagram)