Watch back the keynote conversation between Autograph's Director, Mark Sealy, and renowned British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE in which Shonibare shares work from his creative practice, discussing the use of satire to portray Black agency, and expounds on the charitable work of the Yinka Shonibare Foundation in facilitating international cultural exchange.
"Satire is a very important way of dealing with all these issues because there is a sense in which one is expected, as somebody of African origin, to be angry, to be the victim, you know - it just seems to be what's expected. I'm not giving you that - I'm not going to be your victim."
— Yinka Shonibare
The conversation took place during UAL’s research season of events exploring the broad theme of Earth and Equity: integrating environmental and racial justice and is part of PARC’s webinar series, 'The Decolonising Lens' which brings together a range of guests from across the creative sectors to both discuss and challenge traditional academic and cultural canons. Presented by Mark, the series takes its name from his seminal work, Decolonising the Camera: Photography in Racial Time (2019).
The event was chaired by Professor Pratap Rughani, documentary filmmaker, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Documentary Practices at London College of Communication and features an introduction from Professor David Mba, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Knowledge Exchange & Enterprise.
Yinka Shonibare CBE RA is a British-Nigerian artist living in the United Kingdom. His work explores cultural identity, colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation. A hallmark of his art is the brightly coloured Ankara fabric he uses.
Professor Mark Sealy OBE is interested in the relationship between photography and social change, identity politics, race, and human rights. He has been director of Autograph (London) since 1991 and in his role as director has produced artist publications, curated exhibitions, and commissioned photographers and filmmakers worldwide. Mark is Professor of Photography Rights and Representation and a core member of UAL's Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC).
Mark Sealy joins Chris Boot and Deborah Willis in conversation, to discuss how the process of decolonising can be conceived of as a horizontal rather than vertical alignment.Watch back
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