The Art of Yinka Shonibare in 12 Tweets

Yinka Shonibare MBE through his art explores issues of race and class using the media of painting, sculpture, photography and, recently, film. Born in London in 1962, his family moved to Lagos when he was three but he returned to London at 17—a year after, he contracted transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord that left one side of his body paralysed. Notwithstanding, Shonibare received a B.A. in Fine Art from Byam Shaw School of Art and an M.F.A. from Goldsmiths, University of London, and launched onto the international stage in 2002 when, on a commission by Okwui Enwezor at Documenta 11, Kassel, he created his most recognised work ‘Gallantry and Criminal Conversation’. Subsequently, Shonibare was nominated for the Turner prize in 2004 and was awarded the decoration of Member of the ‘Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’. His works are included in prominent collections, including the Tate Collection, London; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C; and National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. Below are images of some of Shonibare’s works on Twitter.


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Adekemi is a lawyer and writer with a passion for the arts, particularly African art history. She is dedicated to discovering and documenting the most excellent artworks of our time. Follow her on Twitter at adekemitweets.
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