Yinka is an incredibly versatile artist. He produces textiles, sculptures, photographic tableau, film, music and performance. Born in London, raised in Nigeria, then returned and awarded an MBE.
His work expresses the irrelevance of racism by removing heads or substituting animal heads. His textiles are designated “African” but were originally sourced from Indonesia and sold into Africa by the Dutch.
His work is playful, ironic, satirical, biting, and fascinating. His work is the punctum and the signifier and the signified.
This exhibit at the YSP near Barnsley is vast and wide ranging. I can’t imagine how long it must have taken to make and arrange. I’ll return in few weeks to see it all again because one afternoon just isn’t enough time to drink it all in.
Why have I not heard of Yinka previously? The man is a giant.