yinka shonibare MBE in ‘self: image and identity’ at turner contemporary, UK

24 January 2015
Two self portraits by Yinka Shonibare MBE will be on display in Self: Image and Identity, an extraordinary new exhibition opening at Turner Contemporary in Margate, UK in January 2015. In this exhibition Turner Contemporary becomes a frame through which self-portraiture is re-evaluated in the 21st century, sparking conversations on history, celebrity, collecting, gender, mortality and contemporary approaches.

Artists have been recreating their own image for centuries. From self-advertisement and preserving legacy, to figural studies, political commentary and biographical exploration self-representation has shaped Western art. In a world where 'selfies' have become everyday expressions and ‘Britishness' is being redefined, what is the role of self-portraiture and how has it shifted through the history of art to the present day?

Turner Contemporary reflect on artists' self-portraits from Sir Anthony van Dyck's last Self-portrait of 1640-1, recently saved for the nation, to Louise Bourgeois. Over 100 works, most of which are from the National Portrait Gallery London, are brought together for an expansive look at the artists' self.

Historical and contemporary artists sit side by side, including Sir Anthony van Dyck, Mary Beale, Louise Bourgeois, John Constable, Tracey Emin, Jason Evans, Lucian Freud, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Angelica Kauffmann, Sarah Lucas, Gillian Wearing, Yinka Shonibare, JMW Turner and Andy Warhol.

Organised in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, with support from the Art Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Self: Image and Identity runs from 24 January - 10 May 2015.

Yinka Shonibare MBE at Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK.