Artist Yinka Shonibare CBE and curator Ekow Eshun are in conversation talking identity politics, a topic the Shonibare has explored throughout his thirty year career. The event coincides with the display of Shonibare’s The British Library at Tate Modern (from 25 March), an installation which reflects on the impact of immigration on all aspects of British culture, while creating a space for dialogue about national identity, cultural exchange and notions of belonging. (Image credit: Yinka Shonibare CBE, The Swing (after Fragonard) 2001. Tate. © Yinka Shonibare, courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery, London)
Ekow Eshun is a writer and curator. He is Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group and the former Director of the ICA. His book Black Gold of the Sun was nominated for the Orwell prize and he writes for publications including the New York Times, Financial Times and Granta.Yinka Shonibare CBE is a British-Nigerian artist based in London whose interdisciplinary practice explores colonialism and post-colonialism within the context of globalisation. Through examining race, class and the construction of cultural identity, Shonibare’s works comment on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories.
WHEN: 14 May 2019 TIME: 18.30–20.00 WHERE: TATE MODERN
Starr Cinema Bankside
London SE1 9TG