The paintings of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye show figures from outside our times and place.
Black casts of Boakye’s characters suggest people, where the interpretation lays open. Detaching her objects from history or background, the narrative of her art does not unfold until the viewer gives it a meaning. She raises question over identity and race, depicting only black figures, yet denies it to be a political remark. Her works have been compared to the Kehinde Wiley’s, as Boakye indirectly speaks out on representation and art history missing diversity.
The solo exhibition of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye will open on June,2nd at the Serpentine Gallery.