An Image of Europe: Yinka Shonibare's Postcolonial Decadence

  title={An Image of Europe: Yinka Shonibare's Postcolonial Decadence},
  author={Robert Stilling},
  journal={PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America},
  pages={299 - 321}
  • Robert Stilling
  • Published 1 March 2013
  • Philosophy
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
In 1891 Oscar Wilde argued that “Lying, the telling of beautiful untrue things, is the proper aim of art.” A hundred years later, the Anglo-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE takes up where Wilde left off, arguing that “[t]o be an artist you have to be a good liar.” This essay explores how Shonibare reinvents Wilde's antirealism for a globalized, postcolonial world. Building on Leela Gandhi's notion of “interested autonomy,” I argue that in works such as his 2001 photo series Dorian Gray… Expand
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