Trade Winds: Yinka Shonibare CBE brings together a series of artworks, including sculptures, photographs and a major installation, all connected through their use of Dutch Wax fabric.

At the centre of the exhibition is Shonibare’s The African Library (2018), the most recent iteration of his library series venerating the contribution of immigrants to a country’s social, political or cultural life. Comprised of approximately 4,900 books covered in Dutch Wax fabric, the work broadens the original concept of the series by expanding its celebration of individuals to the entire continent of Africa. The African Library includes a reading area where biographical details of these notable individuals can be accessed along with archival footage of leaders of African independence movements.

The exhibition is on view until 26 August. For more information, please visit the Norval Foundation's website.

Artist

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Yinka Shonibare CBE

Yinka Shonibare CBE