Yinka Shonibare: An African Diaspora Artist

Immaculeta Osinachi Okafor, Moses Oñugadi Njoku


Anambra State, Nigeria.
Abstract This paper delves into the artistic practice of Yinka Shonibare, an African Diaspora artist based in the United Kingdom known for exploring cultural identity, colonialism, and post-colonialism through various art forms. It discusses how Shonibare uses the so-called African print "Ankara" in his artworks to create some sort of subversion of colonial narratives with commentary on the cultural mix between Africa and Europe. The paper also highlights how Shonibare's works touch on themes of disability, class, and race, with varying interpretations from scholars. In addition, it highlights Shonibare's use of different materials and textures, drawing inspiration from local culture and the philosophy of negritude. The writing takes a journey into the international art scene starting from the 20th century period in Africa, shedding light on the challenges faced by African artists, especially female folks, in terms of funding and patronage. It also discusses the characteristics of international African art, emphasizing its public nature and the influence of African sculptures and textiles on the artists' works.

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