Monday, 19 May 2008

Yinka Shonibare MBE

Here are a series of interviews with Yinka Shonibare MBE shot by the BBC. Yinka's work is featured in the new book, "Aganza Afrika" by Chris Spring and more of his work can be seen at the Stephen Freidman's Gallery.

Born in London in the early 1960's he and his family moved to Lagos, Nigeria where he spent his formative years. He has an interesting perspective on contemporary Africa and wonderful ideas of a West African aesthetic as woven through African material often produced in Asia and the Netherlands. His work is full of irony and questions the idea of what exactly is contemporary Africa. Although Yinka is regarded
as part of the British Art Movement his works are paramount to the greater understanding of contemporary Africa today.

Flower Time Interview 1

Flower Time Interview 2

Here is a short 10 minute film about Yinka's work produced by Alice Standish found on Youtube.

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