Yinka Shonibare CBE in conversation with Ekow Eshun at Tate Modern
Ekow Eshun is a writer and curator. He is Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group and the former Director of the ICA. His book Black Gold of the Sun was nominated for the Orwell prize and he writes for publications including the New York Times, Financial Times and Granta.
Yinka Shonibare CBE
Yinka Shonibare CBE was born in 1962 in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He now lives and works in London.
Shonibare's work explores issues of race and class through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and film. Having described himself as a ‘post-colonial' hybrid, Shonibare questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions. His trademark material is the brightly coloured ‘African' batik fabric he buys at Brixton market. The fabric was 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 new sign of African identity and independence.
14 May 2019, 6.30-8pm