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Art May, 8 2014

Yinka Shonibare’s 10,000 Batik-Covered Books for ‘The British Library’

Artist Yinka Shonibare has covered 10,000 books in his trademark African Dutch batik fabric in a new installation titled, The British Library. Using the work to delve into the theme of immigration, the piece has just opened as part of a co-commission from the Brighton Festival and HOUSE 2014. Exploring the contributions made by immigrants and their descendants to British culture and society, “The British Library is inspired by the current debates about immigration and the public response to the new presence of Romanians in Britain,” explains the artist. It will be on show in the Old Reference Library in Brighton Museum and Art Gallery until May 25.

The Old Reference Library, Brighton Museum
Royal Pavilion Gardens
Brighton, England

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