Yinka Shonibare CBE
The 2018 Curated Projects focused on the keynote artist Yinka Shonibare CBE, who visited Lagos from London, and was celebrated with an exhibition exploring his career highlights.
Over the past decade, Yinka Shonibare CBE has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization. Working in painting, sculpture, photography, film, and performance, Shonibare’s work examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity through sharp political commentary of the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories. Having described himself as a postcolonial hybrid, Shonibare uses wry citations of Western art history and literature to question the validity of contemporary cultural and national identities.
Ben Enwonwu, ‘Tutu’ (1974)
A highlight of the 2018 fair was the unveiling of Ben Enwonwu’s world famous ‘Tutu’ (1974), the painting’s first public display in Nigeria in over 40 years. Loaned to the fair by Access Bank, the showcase of ‘Tutu’, which earlier last year became the most highly valued work of Nigerian modern art ever sold at auction for £1.2 million ($1.67 million), marked a historic moment in Nigerian art history.