yinka shonibare MBE in solo project at house 2014 festival, brighton

3 May 2014
Yinka Shonibare MBE has been co-commissioned by HOUSE 2014 and Brighton Festival to produce a solo project for HOUSE 2014 Festival, a curated and commissioned visual arts festival in Brighton. The new site-specific installation explores the impact of immigration on all aspects of British culture and considers notions of territory and place, cultural identity, displacement and refuge.

From 3 May the installation will be on display at the The Old Reference Library at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. Brighton Museum's Old Reference Library becomes a repository for those, both celebrated and unfamiliar, who as immigrants to this country, made unique contributions to what we regard as ‘British' culture. Filled with books colourfully bound in Shonibare's trademark wax cloth (itself a cross-cultural hybrid of Indonesian design and Dutch manufacture), the gold embossed spines identify individuals such as T.S. Eliot, Henry James, Hans Holbein, Kazuo Ishiguro, Zaha Hadid, Mick Jagger, Darcey Bussell, George Frideric Handel, Hammasa Kohistani, Liam Gallagher and Noel Gallagher, Amartya Sena, Anish Kapoor and many more.

Yinka Shonibare MBE's work makes visible the cultural influences of colonisation and explores the rich complexity of post-colonial cultures. The British Library asks us to evaluate our attitudes to immigration and immigrants.

In celebration of his commission Yinka Shonibare MBE has produced a special limited edition print ‘Pop Immigrants' 2014 - view the print here.

Yinka Shonibare MBE will be in conversation with Hofesh Shechter on Wednesday 7 May at Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton - more information here.

HOUSE 2014 Festival runs from 3 May until 25 May.

Yinka Shonibare MBE at HOUSE 2014 Festival.