I first heard about Shonibare in one of my West African Art history classes a few weeks ago. I absolutely loved the installation he made for an exhibit in Berlin. The piece was titled “Scramble for Africa” and it contained many concepts that were a reflection how and why the Berlin Conference of 1884 occurred.
I discovered this about Shonibare,”In his London studio, artist Yinka Shonibare MBE reflects on what it means for him to be an artist, how he views his occupation as a utopian pursuit, and how the lines between the personal and professional aspects of his life are blurred.
Known for using batik in costumed dioramas that explore race and colonialism, Yinka Shonibare MBE also employs painting, sculpture, photography, and film in work that disrupts and challenges our notions of cultural identity. Taking on the honorific MBE as part of his name in everyday use, Shonibare plays with the ambiguities and contradictions of his attitude toward the Establishment and its legacies of colonialism and class. In multimedia projects that reveal his passion for art history, literature, and philosophy, Shonibare provides a critical tour of Western civilization and its achievements and failures.”