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Yinka Shonibare MBE (b. 1962)
Property from the Collection of Melva Bucksbaum
Yinka Shonibare MBE (b. 1962)

Un Ballo in Maschera (I-X)

Yinka Shonibare MBE (b. 1962) Un Ballo in Maschera (I-X) stamped with the artist's name, titled and numbered sequentially ''I'-'X' Yinka Shonibare MBE (1962-) Un Ballo in Maschera' (on a metal plaque affixed to each frame) giclee print on Hannemuhle rag paper in artist's frame, in ten parts each: 24 ½ x 34 ½ in. (62.2 x 87.6 cm.) Executed in 2004-2005. This work is number two from an edition of ten.
Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2005
A. Downey, "Yinka Shonibare," BOMB Magazine, no. 93, Fall 2005, pp. 24-31 (another example illustrated).
Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Looking Up…Yinka Shonibare MBE, June 2010-January 2011, p. 30 (another example exhibited and illustrated).
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“On the one hand, the masquerade is about ambiguity, but on the other hand–it involves a moment when the working classes could play at being members of the aristocracy for a day, and vice versa. We're talking about power within society, relations of power. As a black person in this context, I can create fantasies of empowerment in relation to white society, even if historically that equilibrium or equality really hasn't arrived yet. This is something that art is able to do quite well, because it’s a space of transformation, where you can go beyond the ordinary.” (Y. Shonibare quoted in A. Downey, “Interview: Yinka Shonibare by Anthony Downey,” BOMB, no. 93, fall 2005, p. 25-26)

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