Wednesday, July 8, 2009 Talks with Yinka Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare, the London-based artist of Nigerian descent, was in New York recently to install his new retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum. While he was here we grabbed some lunch to talk about his background and his art. In this first part of the conversation we discuss the evolution of his best known works, the satires of colonialism and other power structures that he carries out by making headless figures dressed in 18th or 19th-century costumes. Those costumes are always made of "African" cloth that actually originated with the Dutch, who lifted it from the Batik cloth of their Indonesian colony, then marketed it to Africa. It's a complicated world out there. To read the article in its entirety, click HERE.

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