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November 30, 2010

"Yinka Shonibare" (video review)

© Illuminations
Source: Illuminations

Yinka Shonibare
Illuminations Production, part of theEYE series

This film is a brief, informative look at the work of Yinka Shonibare presented by the artist himself sharing his creative process and means of inspiration for his art. Shonibare elaborates on how he first became interested in working with fabrics and fabric designs popular in West Africa and how he is also influenced by 19th century European art and culture. As an example of his creative process, he relates his experience with an invitation he received to create a work of art for the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Shonibare describes how he explored the city of Stockholm to get a feel for its culture and to incorporate his impressions into his artwork. He especially noticed the prominent influence of the sea, and so decided to do a piece on the famous ship Vasa, a great 17th century ship displayed in Stockholm that sank not long after its first departure. In designing Vasa in a Bottle, essentially a bottled model of the Vasa, he added his own distinctive touch by incorporating African fabric for the sails. Similarly he describes other exhibition pieces and artworks he has created, and how as an artist having been raised in London and Nigeria he incorporates the cultural and political backgrounds he has experienced into his art, often with a humorous touch.

This video is among the many available to borrow from the Visual Resources Center in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. Search for videos in Mirlyn or in our video database.

Posted by rmassare at November 30, 2010 10:00 AM

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