Acclaimed British-Nigerian artist, Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA), delivers the Royal African Society’s 2019 Annual Lecture reflecting on art as a means for social change.
Shonibare’s multi-disciplinary practice explores colonialism and post-colonialism within the context of globalisation. By 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.
Shonibare’s commitment to social change through his art and curatorial work has resulted in the development of the Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation, which has set in motion a new artist residency space in Lagos, Nigeria, due to open in 2021. Launched under the umbrella of The Yinka Shonibare Foundation, the newly established G.A.S Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to facilitating international artistic and cultural exchange, creating opportunities for a diverse pool of artists both from Africa and the rest of the world.
Join us to hear first hand about Shonibare’s plans for this new artistic space, his life-long career and what motivates him to continue creating art with a social impact. When: 28 November 7pm
Where: Victoria and Albert Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 2R