Yinka Shonibare - Photographs
In terms of theme and aesthetic, Yinka Shonibares work is probably the practitioner who's work I know that has most in common with what I am exploring in Unit 7. While the success of his work is undoubtedly to do with the beauty and craftsmanship of the work, it is also the political questions it raises that has drawn so much intrest. Shonibare surprises us with the placement of african memorabilia (wax batik fabrics) in a very european context. His photography often features himself as a subject amoungst white faces- in these pastiches of hogarth paintings, we are surpired by the presence of a black man in the photographs- I think what Shonibare is trying to highlight is that surprise in his viewer...why should we be surprised? His most recent exhibition in Berlin Making Eden interprets literally the notion of overthrowing the current social order in favour of an imagined ‘better place'... but questioning social order, I think, what he tries to do in all his works. As I said before, he does this so successfully because his work is so well made and the imagery itself is very moving.