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Yinka Shonibare


Monday 10 September 2018
7 — 8pm

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Yinka Shonibare RA

Photo by Marcus Leith

Turner Prize-nominee Yinka Shonibare RA discusses how race, class and cultural identity have shaped his work, with critic and author Louisa Buck.

Throughout his interdisciplinary practice, Yinka Shonibare RA has explored colonialism and post-colonialism within the context of globalisation. Through painting, sculpture, film and installation, he uses citations of Western art history and literature to question the validity of cultural and national identities.

In 2002, he was commissioned by Okwui Enwezor to create Gallantry and Criminal Conversation for Documenta XI. In 2004, he was nominated for the Turner Prize, and in 2008, his mid-career survey exhibition opened at MCA Sydney, touring to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.

His first public art commission, Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, was displayed on the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square, London in 2010. In 2013 he was elected a Royal Academician, and his recent Public Art Fund commission, Wind Sculpture (SG) I, is currently on display in Central Park, New York until October 2018.

His work is included in notable museum collections including the Tate, the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

This event will be followed by a Q&A.

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Monday 10 September 2018

7 — 8pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£20, £12 concessions.