Yinka Shonibare CBE, RA, Addio del Passato, 2011. Video still from digital video (sound, colour), 16 minutes and 52 seconds. Courtesy of the Zeitz MOCAA Collection. Image courtesy the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York.
Join on 17 September for a conversation with Yinka Shonibare CBE, RA. The discussion will explore issues around colonialism, materiality, appropriation and the complex histories that are highlighted in Shonibare’s practice.
Shonibare states: “I want to challenge notions of cultural authenticity by creating a composite ideology, ‘a third myth’, exploring appropriation, cultural identity and the ability to transform beyond what is expected and therefore compels us to contemplate our world differently.”
Shonibare’s ouevre includes sculpture, film, photography and painting. His film Addio del Passato (2011) was part of Zeitz MOCAA’s inaugural exhibition in 2017 while his sculptural installation Adam and Eve (2013) was part of Still Here Tomorrow to High Five You Yesterday, which was displayed at Zeitz MOCAA in 2019.
Shonibare was awarded the honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2019 and was elected as a Royal Academician in 2013. He received the Anderson Ranch Art Center’s International Artist Award 2022 and the Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon Award in 2021. He has previously been nominated for the Turner Prize 2004 and 2002.