|Photo by Sim Canetty-Clarke|
Shonibare is famous for his installations and textile works questioning the idea of identity and heritage. He uses African-print fabrics, that have been produced, ironically, using Dutch printing methods, then sold in London markets, to create 18th-19th Century traditional English clothing modelled by headless mannequins. I did a lot of research in my A2 art coursework last year at school on Shonibare and his work. He is particularly interesting for people interested in costume as he uses clothing as his principal art-form, as well as using fabric symbolically.
Take a look at some more of his work...
See more of Yinka Shonibare's work on his website, and if you're in London, why not go and see 'Globe Head Ballerina' at the Royal Opera House?