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Yinka Shonibare CBE in Conversation with Delinda Collier: Tuesday, February 23, 12:00–1:30 p.m. CT
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Join us live for a virtual conversation with artist Yinka Shonibare CBE followed by an audience Q&A.


Photographic Portrait of Yinka ShonibareThe interdisciplinary practice of London-based artist Yinka Shonibare CBE uses citations of Western art history and literature to question the validity of contemporary cultural and national identities within the context of globalization. Through examining race, class, and the construction of cultural identity, his works comment on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories.
In 2004, Shonibare was nominated for the Turner Prize, and in 2008, his mid-career survey began at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and toured to the Brooklyn Museum, New York, and the National Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. In 2010, his first public art commission, Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, was displayed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London, and was acquired by the National Maritime Museum,  London. In 2013, he was elected as a Royal Academician and was awarded the honor of Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2019 New Year’s Honors List. His installation The British Library was acquired by Tate in 2019 and is currently on display at Tate Modern, London. His work is included in notable museum collections including Tate, London; the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Shonibare will discuss his practice with Delinda Collier, associate professor of art history, theory, and criticism and interim dean of graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her research interests are in old and new media in Africa, Luso-African art, and Cold War modernisms. She is the author of Repainting the Walls of Lunda: Information Colonialism and Angolan Art (University of Minnesota, 2016) and Media Primitivism: Technological Art in Africa (Duke University, 2020), among many articles, essays, and reviews.
Presented in partnership with SAIC's Wellness Center and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Portrait credit: Yinka Shonibare CBE. Photo: Marcus Leith. Courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA) Website

Gallery Representation


Globes and Astronaut Helmets Form Heads of Figurative Sculptures by Artist Yinka Shonibare CBE
Grace Ebert | Colossal | June 4, 2020

The Wit and Wisdom of Yinka Shonibare
Samuel Reilly | Apollo Magazine | May 2, 2020

Imagining Utopia, Just Over the Horizon    
Seph Rodney | Hyperallergic | December 4, 2019

Yinka Shonibare Explores Immigration and Personal Narrative
Jewels Dodson | Cultured Magazine | April 1, 2019

Yinka Shonibare CBE
Lori Waxman | 4Columns | March 22, 2019

Yinka Shonibare’s stirring new textile works put Hereford on the map
Elly Parsons | Wallpaper | January 25, 2019

Metaphors of Migration: Yinka Shonibare Interviewed by Osman Can Yerebakan
Osman Can Yerebakan and Yinka Shonibare | Bomb Magazine | October 8, 2018

It’s Time for African Resistance, This Artist Says*
Bonnie Greer | New York Times | June 12, 2018
*This is a library resource that requires ARTIC login

Re-enacting Tropes of Black Masculinity in Yinka Shonibare's Diary of a Victorian Dandy 
Johanna Wild | Critical Arts: A South-North Journal of Cultural & Media Studies, Vol. 31 (3) | p. 142-160 | June 2017




Yinka Shonibare CBE: Earth Kids
In Earth Kids, Shonibare makes a connection between the history of colonial domination and humankind’s domination of the natural world and exploitation of its limited resources.

Yinka Shonibare Foundation
The Yinka Shonibare Foundation’s vision is to foster cultural exchange between Africa and the rest of the world by facilitating and engaging in multi-disciplinary dialogue and research.

Art21 – Yinka Shonibare CBE (RA)
Art21’s resources about the work of Yinka Shonibare CBE, including videos, texts, and exhibition images.

Yinka Shonibare RA
Royal Academician Yinka Shonibare’s profile.

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Wind Sculpture (SG) I
Wind Sculpture (SG) I by Yinka Shonibare was unveiled on March 7, 2018 at Doris C. Freedman Plaza in New York City.

Yinka Shonibare: FRONT International
Yinka Shonibare’s The American Library for FRONT International, Cleveland Triennial of Contemporary Art, 2018.

Visiting Artists Program Lecture Recordings from the Archive
SAIC Visiting Artists Program video and audio lecture recordings (1977–present.) Available with SAIC login credentials.

SAIC Digital Collections: Visiting Artists Program
SAIC Visiting Artists Program publicity archive and audio recordings (1977-98).