The contemporary British Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare is best known for his explorations of the legacies of colonialism through sculpture, installations, film, and photography. This display, which coincides with the Center's exhibition Spreading Canvas: Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting, will focus on Shonibare's interest in the British historical figure Admiral Lord Nelson, whom he uses as an emblem of Britain's imperial history. An important feature of Shonibare's work is the consistent use of colorful, wax-printed cotton fabrics, which are associated with Africa but originated in Indonesia and Holland, a product of global trade and imperial markets. The fabric sums up the themes at the heart of Shonibare's work.
Yinka Shonibare MBE will be curated by Martina Droth, Deputy Director of Research and Curator of Sculpture, Yale Center for British Art.
The exhibition runs from 1 September until 11 December 2016.
Yinka Shonibare MBE at Yale Center for British Art.