End of Empire - 14-18 NOW

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Yinka Shonibare MBE

End of Empire

22 March - 30 October 2016

MARGATE

Free

Image credit: End of Empire (2016) by Yinka Shonibare MBE, installation view at Turner Contemporary. Photo by Stephen White

End of Empire

Image credit: End of Empire (2016) by Yinka Shonibare MBE, installation view at Turner Contemporary. Photo by Stephen White

In a new commission, Yinka Shonibare MBE, one of the leading artists at work in the UK, explored how the new alliances forged in the First World War changed British society forever and continue to affect us today.

Shonibare’s work featured two of his signature figures attired in African fabrics, their globe-heads highlighting the countries involved in WW1. Offering a metaphor for dialogue, balance and conflict, the entire work pivoted almost imperceptibly in the gallery space, symbolising the possibility of compromise and resolution between two opposing forces.

How has immigration contributed to the British culture in which we live today? How have immigrants shaped what it means to be British? These are the questions Shonibare asked in The British Library, a sculptural work presented alongside End of Empire at Turner Contemporary. Shelves of books, many bearing the name of an immigrant who has enriched our society (from TS Eliot to Zaha Hadid), reminded us that the displacement of communities by global war has consequences that inform our lives and attitudes today.

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Turner Contemporary

Dates, Times & Locations

22 March – 30 October 2016

Sunley Gallery, Turner Contemporary
Rendezvous
Margate
Kent
CT9 1HG

 

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