…his work is not about the representation of politics, but about the politics of representation – a challenge to established notions of ‘authenticity’.Art Fund
One of the artists currently featured in COTTON:Global Threads, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, recently had his work displayed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, London. Just as with Boy on Globe 4 currently on display in COTTON:Global Threads, the enigmatic Ship in a Bottle features Shonibare’s trademark use of ‘Dutch Wax’ printed cotton. The work was so beloved by the public when it was on temporary display that a campaign was set up to acquire Ship in a Bottle for permanent display in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
We would encourage you to have a look at the campagn website and if possible, donate towards keeping this important work in a national collection for generations to enjoy. Find out more about donating at the Art Fund website
The Art Fund is holding an evening entitled Material Matters discussing Yinka Shonibare’s work this Wednesday, 15th February. If you are in London, go along to the British Library Conference Centre to hear a panel of artists and academics engaging with themes in Shonibare’s work.