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Yinka Shonibare

If you haven’t heard of Yinka Shonibare, here is your opportunity to briefly read up on him, and quickly do a search about all of his work, thoughts, and what he is about. Yinka, who was born in London in 1962, moved to Lagos, Nigeria (West Africa) when he was three years old. He studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London in 1984-9 and completed a BA at Goldsmiths College, London in 1991.What I admire most about him is the fact that he truly considers himself bi-cultural, he stays grounded and true to his culture as you can see by his use of the ankara fabric and more importantly, how he strives to open up debate about the social, cultural and political issues that shape our histories and construct identity. Yinka, who currently lives in London, has gained international attention by exploring issues or race and class through a range of media that includes sculpture, paintind, photography, and installation art. His work addresses a vast of cultural and historical issues.








  1. Greg June 29, 2009 Reply

    Okay, some of this stuff is a little over the top, but some of it is amazing. I really enjoy the two dresses on the top and the men’s pieces in the two bottom shots. I love the idea of juxtaposing Afrikan prints on colonial cuts…the jackets scream “redcoat” but the designs completely belie that suggestion.

    Really, really great find.

  2. Fan Of Yinka Shonibare August 11, 2009 Reply

    Yinka Shonibare is Amazing I love his work. He recreates historic European painting but dresses his subjects in “African print”. These African prints which are also manufactured in Africa now, but were originally manufactured in Indonesia. They were introduce to Africa to Symbolize African Independence. What makes his sculptures very interesting is the way he plays with Culture, Identity, history and their juxtapositions.

  3. solomonsydelle August 12, 2009 Reply

    oh wow. I love how daring it is and how it just transforms the expected into the unexpected. Nice.

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