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Charlotte Observer on the Power of Artist Yinka Shonibare’s Work

Artist Yinka Shonibare
Artist Yinka Shonibare

On the eve of artist Yinka Shonibare's three-day visit to campus, the "Charlotte Observer" profiled his work and its power to provoke conversations.

Shonibare's work takes many forms—from the recently installed 23-foot-tall "Wind Sculpture (SG) 1" to his "American Library," a collection of more than 6,000 books wrapped in Dutch wax fabric—but frequently comments on nationalism and immigration.

Born in London but raised in Nigera, the Observer says, "He embraces his multinational identity and cautions against the nationalism that's now on the rise in America and Europe. "You don't have to be nationalistic in your approach," he said. "That could lead to excluding a lot of people, which could then lead to a lot of hate. And historically we know that that has actually ended up in disaster."

Read the full story in the Charlotte Observer.

Other events during Shonibare's visit:

At 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, the campus will join Shonibare in the E. Craig Wall Academic Center to dedicate "Wind Sculpture (SG) 1."

"American Library" is on display in the Van Every / Smith Gallery through Dec. 15.

President Carol E. Quillen will lead a conversation with Shonibare at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Duke Family Performance Hall.