Yinka Shonibare MBE, The British Library 2014.
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Yinka Shonibare MBE’s new site-specific installation The British Library explores the impact of immigration on all aspects of British culture and considers notions of territory and place, cultural identity, displacement and refuge.
The museum’s former reference library becomes a repository for those, both celebrated and unfamiliar, who as immigrants to this country, have made unique contributions to what we regard as ‘British’ culture. Their names - featured on the gold embossed spines of books colourfully bound in Shonibare’s Dutch wax batik fabric - identify individuals such as T S Eliot, Henry James, Hans Holbein, Kazuo Ishiguro and Zaha Hadid, Darcey Bussell and many more.
Yinka Shonibare MBE’s work aims to make visible the cultural influences of colonisation and explore the rich complexity of post-colonial cultures. The British Library asks us to evaluate our attitudes to immigration and immigrants and sets the theme for HOUSE 2014: Migration, Refuge and Territory.
Set in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery is located in the Royal Pavilion gardens. Its rich collections and exciting exhibits are dynamically displayed in stimulating surroundings. Entrance is free.
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