Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA)

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Royal Museums Greenwich, London, England 2013

18th September 2013 - 23 February 2014

The contemporary arts programme at Rotal Museums Greenwich continues with a series of revent works by one of Britain's leading artists. 

Yinka Shonibare MBE was born in London in 1962 and moved to Lago, Nigeria, at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art and graduated from Goldsmiths as part of the 'Young British Artists' generation.

Shonibare's work interrogates origins, cultural exchange and authenticity. It is instantly recognizable thanks to the repeated use of Dutch-wax fabric. Inspired by Indonesian batik and first produced by the Dutch for a European market, this brightly coloured printed cotton has now become a powerful symbol of West African identity.

The exhibition celebrates the arrival here of 'Nelson's Ship in a Bottle' by inviting the artist to infiltrate annd occupy the Royal Museums Greenwich sites. It encourages us to look at the National Maritime Museum collections with fresh eyes, and ask different questions about out maritime and stargazing past



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