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Yinka Shonibare CBE RA

Born in London, United Kingdom; lives there.

Wind Sculpture III
(one in a series of nine)

Steel armature with hand-painted fiberglass resin cast
610 x 110 x 32 cm

© Yinka Shonibare CBE RA 2021. Commissioned by Expo 2020 Dubai.
Expo 2020 Dubai Collection


Yinka Shonibare CBE's work Wind Sculpture III harnesses the wind and freezes it in a moment in time. The artwork manifests as a large threedimensional, hand-painted piece of fabric that appears to be moving in reaction to natural elements in the surrounding environment.

Shonibare often uses patterns normally associated with African identity. The fabric portrayed in his work has a complicated history, in terms of its origin and its movement along trade routes: it was originally designed as an Indonesian fabric and was then sold into the African market, where it came to represent African culture. This intersection of cultural backgrounds is a perfect metaphor for the multi-layered identities in the world today, which the artist views as a network of artificial constructs.

From information by Expo 2020 Dubai Public Art Programme.

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