Sometime this week, I was watching BBC News. As I was about to change the channel, they started showing a short interview on a Nigerian Artist who lives and works in London. That got me interested. And of course I went on to research on him.
Yinka Shonibare, MBE (born 1962), is a British-Nigerian artist living in London. His work explores cultural identity, colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation. A hallmark of his art is the brightly coloured fabric he uses. (Source: Wikipedia)
As always, it makes me proud seeing Nigerians doing very well in their endeavors. One thing that caught my attention when watching his interview is that he is disabled. At the age of 18, he contracted transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord, which resulted in a long term physical disability where one side of his body is paralysed. He uses an electric wheelchair to move about. Because of his disability, he is physically incapable of carrying out the making of the work himself, and relies upon a team of assistants to realise his artistic vision for him.
You can check out his website: Yinka Shonibare
Check out some of his works that I really like. I love the way he uses ankara to depict his works…really nice.