HANDS ON: Yinka Shonibare MBE

The following activity ideas can be used to engage audiences in a hands-on approach to processing the ideas presented in the artist's film segment. They were compiled from our Educators' Guides and Screening Toolkits. Activities include not only visual art strategies but writing, research, and other disciplinary methods. Additional resources and strategies for teaching with films and working with contemporary art can be found in Teach.


"Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball)," 2004. Video stills. High definition digital video, color, and sound, 32 min loop. Edition of 6 with 2 AP. © Yinka Shonibare MBE. Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.

Shonibare says that he would like to have the trappings of wealth, even though he criticizes it. Consider the genre of satire, and create a work of art that critiques something you desire.


SEGMENT: Yinka Shonibare MBE in "Transformation"

Assemble a collection of political cartoons that describe the cultural climate of the moment. Use the images as inspiration, to create an original cartoon representing your own perspective about the current political or social climate.