On the 30th April three students were taken by Art History teacher Sarah Phillips to meet and interview artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. He is most well known for his work Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle which was displayed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, the work now can be found at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
We met Shonibare at his studio in Whitechapel, where we were able to see his working space and interview him. He was enlightening when discussing themes of national identity, where he presented the view that identity in art is not necessarily shaped by your country of origin or place that you live, as we live in such a multicultural and globalised era. This is presented throughout his works through the use of Dutch wax fabrics, a material designed in Indonesia, made by the Dutch and sold to West Africa.
We all felt privileged to meet such an influential figure and for him to give up his time to talk to us. All of us are looking forward to being able to watch the recorded interview in the near future. The film will be used by art history students across the country as part of the new Pearson History of Art A Level.
By Jacob Chamberlin, L6