Yinka Shonibare CBE

End of Empire

Edited by Thorsten Sadowsky

Yinka Shonibare CBE

Edited by Thorsten Sadowsky

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

256 pages | 200 color plates | 9 3/4 x 11 1/4
Cloth $45.00 ISBN: 9783777435893 Will Publish July 2021 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only
Since the 1990s, the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE has developed opulently executed sculptures and installations, colorful collages, and theatrically staged photographs and films. The signature material in Yinka Shonibare’s multimedia artworks, so-called African fabric, is a cipher. Originally produced in Manchester and intended for sale in Indonesia, the brightly colored fabric gained its name after British imperialists shifted their focus to colonial Africa. Featuring this product of both colonization and self-identification, Shonibare’s sculptures and installations revisit the conflicted legacy of many historical artifacts in order to explore the complex hybridity of postcolonial life with unique irony. Illustrated by two hundred full-color reproductions of his work, Yinka Shonibare CBE: End of Empire offers an up-close encounter with the tensions and history that motivate this singular artist, tracing colonialism and its consequences for leaders, worldviews, and body images in his oeuvre.
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