Best known for ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’, which appeared on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, Yinka Shonibare MBE is one of Britain’s foremost contemporary artists, rising to fame as part of the ‘Sensation’ generation along with Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin in the early 1990s.
Since then Shonibare has created a unique body of work. Often influenced by his Nigerian origins and combining darkness and humour, his art challenges our ideas about cultural identity and the post-colonial world.
For the last 20 years Shonibare has created a series of distinctive ‘mannequin’ figures – anonymous, headless and dressed in African batik fabrics. This film follows Shonibare creating his latest figure and talking about his life and career.