YiMiao Shih: Rabbrexit Means Rabbrexit
29 March – 14 July 2019
Exhibited at the House of Illustration
An embroidered satire on Brexit by our 2019 Illustrator in Residence.
Over a six-month residency at House of Illustration, YiMiao Shih wove a parallel universe in which the UK has voted not for Brexit but 'Rabbrexit': the expulsion of rabbits from the country.
For Rabbrexit Means Rabbrexit, Shih created a series of ‘relics’ from the UK’s imaginary rabbit population, including large-scale embroidered epics, newly minted 52p and 48p coins and aeroplane landing cards for rabbits stripped of their British citizenship.
These satirical pieces draw together Shih’s real-world observations of the nationalistic fervor, economic uncertainty and fragmentation of societal bonds brought about by Brexit.
Selected reviews and articles
A glorious and much-need laugh in the gathering dark...
48p coin, engraving on fossilised rabbit bone.
Detail from rabbit exportation artefact.
Detail of the Epic of The Last Battle of Rabbrexit, embroidery.
Rabbrexiteer social club display, ornamental tablecloth and tea set.