Saturday 23 September | 2.30pm–3.30pm | South Lawn
Yinka Shonibare MBE
Throughout his career, Yinka Shonibare's work has focused on two primary concerns – the perspective on ‘otherness’ and his awareness of the subtle intricacies of prejudice.
Working in painting, sculpture, photography and film, his work examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity through a sharp political commentary of the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories.
Yinka Shonibare (b.1962, London) participated in Documenta 11 (2002) and was a Turner Prize nominee (2004). From 2008–2009, his mid-career retrospective toured the MCA Sydney, the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art.
In 2010, his most famous public sculpture Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle opened on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. This year, he is presenting his installation The British Library at the Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, while Wind Sculpture VI is installed in the Royal Academy courtyard for the Summer Exhibition.
Alastair Sooke, art critic (The Daily Telegraph) and broadcaster (BBC) has written and presented many documentaries on television and radio, and is the author of three books about art. In 2017, he sat on the British Council’s Venice Biennale Selection Committee and was a judge for the inaugural Hepworth Prize for Sculpture.
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