In this sixth instalment of the webinar series The Decolonising Lens, Autograph's Director, Mark Sealy, was joined by Yinka Shonibare CBE for an online in-conversation. The talk is the keynote event for UAL Research Season 2022, a free season of in-person and online public events and content during March exploring the theme Earth and Equity: integrating environmental and racial justice.
Yinka Sonibare's international multi-disciplinary practice explores colonialism and post-colonialism within the context of globalisation. In 2019 he set up the Yinka Shonibare Foundation; a UK registered charity dedicated to facilitating international cultural exchange and supporting creative practices through residencies, collaborations and education projects. It provides a platform for creative development and knowledge sharing between established and emerging practitioners, and supports international partnerships between artists, designers, curators, collectors, architects, agriculturists and ecologists.
The event was chaired by Professor Pratap Rughani, documentary filmmaker, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Documentary Practices at London College of Communication. Introduced by 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).
Professor Pratap Rughani is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Documentary Practices at London College of Communication.
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