Yinka Shonibare MBE

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  • LocationUnited Kingdom

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About me

 

Yinka Shonibare was born in London in 1962 and grew up in the UK and Nigeria. In the 1980s he studied in London at the Byam Shaw School of Art and graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1991. Over the past decade, he has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization. Working in painting, sculpture, photography, film and installation, Shonibare’s work examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity through sharp political commentary of the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories. Having described himself as a postcolonial “hybrid”, Shonibare uses wry citations of Western art history and literature to question the validity of contemporary cultural and national identities. In 2004 he was nominated for the Turner Prize and in 2010 his first public art commission, Nelson's Ship in a Bottle opened on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. He is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; James Cohan Galleries, New York & Shanghai; and Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong, Shanghai & Singapore.

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  • Visual Arts
  • Public Art
  • Sculpture
  • Public Exhibitions
  • Temporary Displays