Yinka Shonibare CBE

Yinka Shonibare CBE

British-Nigerian
b. 1962
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Describing himself as a ‘post-colonial hybrid’, Yinka Shonibare CBE creates work that explores issues of race and class through the media of sculpture, painting, photography, film, tapestries and public works.

Describing himself as a ‘post-colonial hybrid’, Yinka Shonibare CBE creates work that explores issues of race and class through the media of sculpture, painting, photography, film, tapestries and public works.

Yinka Shonibare CBE was born in 1962 in London, England and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He lives and works in London. Shonibare was elected as a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy, London in 2013. In 2019 he was awarded the decoration of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or CBE and he added this title to his professional name.

Shonibare’s practice questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions. His signature material is the brightly coloured ‘African’ batik fabric he buys at Brixton market in London. Batik was originally inspired by Indonesian design, mass-produced by the Dutch and eventually sold to the colonies in West Africa. In the 1960s the material became a signifier of African identity and independence.

In March 2021 Shonibare will have his largest European survey exhibition, ‘End of Empire’ at Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria. Two of Shonibare’s films were presented in the autumn of 2020 at M WOODS Art Community in Beijing, China. In July 2020 a new sculptural commission ‘Bird Catcher’s Dilemma’ opened at Salzburg Museum, Austria, celebrating 100 years of the Salzburg Festival. In February 2020 ‘Yinka Shonibare CBE: Justice for All’ opened at The Arts Centre, Singapore in conjunction with Singapore Arts Week. In July 2020 the monumental sculpture ‘Justice for All’ was presented at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. In 2019 Tate acquired ‘The British Library’, an installation of over 6,000 books bound in Dutch wax batik fabric and exhibited this work at Tate Modern, London.

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