You might be wondering what the heck of a picture is placed above this article. Well, it’s art. Fine art I must say. It’s a creation of Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare. Yinka Shonibare, born in London, United Kingdom, moved to Lagos, Nigeria on the age of 3. He later returned to London to study Fine Arts. One of his sculptures, The Crowning, was exhibited at the Six Yards exhibition in the MMK Arnhem, the Netherlands. Yinka Shonibare has become well known of exploring issues, such as race, class and colonialism.
A striking element of Shonibare’s artwork is that he incorporated Dutch textiles to address social issues. For example The Crowning, you see two headless characters against each other. The sculpture addresses the exploit of African slaves and the riches, wealth and pleasure, which the French have enjoyed because. His works go on and on about it. Some deep stuff, huh?
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