Yinka Shonibare “Prospero’s Monsters” – Video Interview

Yinka Shonibare

“Prospero’s Monsters”

Born in England in 1962 and raised in Nigeria, Yinka Shonibare currently lives and works in London, where he has gained international attention by exploring issues of race and class through a range of media that includes sculpture, painting, photography, and installation art. Adopting a richly complex, unconventional approach, Shonibare lampoons the concept of achieving status through what might be called cultural authenticity. His works, simultaneously innocent and subversive, address a range of cultural and historical issues and, in the process, blur the boundaries of design, ethnography, and contemporary art.

ARTNET TV, By Nicole Davis Vol. 2, No. 3 – Yinka Shonibare “Prospero’s Monsters”
James Cohan Gallery, New York City – April 2008 – Music by Jordan Galland

James Cohan Gallery presents an exhibition of new works by Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Shonibare’s three-part installation of sculpture and photography revisits the collision between irrational mysticism and logical reason that occurred in society during the eighteenth-century Enlightenment period. The artist’s work often concerns itself with the history of colonization and its ensuing struggles. Here, the artist intimates that western democracy’s current conquests may similarly invoke physical or psychological conflict.

Yinka Shonibare
“Prospero’s Monsters”
April 17 – May 17, 2008

at the James Cohan Gallery – New York


Espaces Arts & Objets
Swiss Art Gallery


~ by Stampfli & Turci on April 30, 2008.

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