Delve into the colourful world of artist and designer Yinka Ilori in the “Parables for Happiness” display that celebrates a unique mix of cultural influences and unpacks the ingredients of a diasporic visual language. The display will coincide with London Design Festival 2022 and is free for all to attend.
The display will showcase key elements of Ilori’s vibrant aesthetic, which throughout his career have been drawn from a mix of cultures that came together in the north London diaspora community where he grew up.
The Parables for Happiness display will highlight some of the most important aspects of Ilori’s work – such as his billboard graphics that promote joy – and will place them beside key influences, especially Nigerian textiles. These African fabrics of his childhood are the foundation of his practice, and he regularly captures the colourful geometric patterns that feature in Nigerian design in his work.
Visitors will get to discover 100 objects ranging from artworks, photographs and furniture, to textiles, books and personal possessions. When together it will offer an unprecedented glimpse into Ilori’s use of the power of design to absorb cultural influences and express London’s rich mix of identities.