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Yinka Shonibare, The British Library

September 8, 2020
STEPHANIE WARD

 

Yinka Shonibare’s installation of over 6,000 covered books is currently housed at the Tate Modern in London. Its name, The British Libraryrefers to its topic — immigration to Britain — not its location.

The books are bound in African wax print fabric and the names of first or second-generation immigrants to Britain, both celebrated and unknown, are printed in gold on the spines of 2,700 of the books. Some spines are left unmarked symbolising that the story of immigration in Britain is still being written.

A website accessible from the tablets in the exhibit hall shares various articles on both sides of the immigration discussion and everyone is welcome to submit a story.

Tate Modern
Natalie Bell Building, Level 2
London
https://www.tate.org.uk/
Until 21 February 2021

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This article was originally published on Stephanie Ward’s blog, Writer with Wanderlust: http://www.stephaniemward.com/blog.

Twitter: @StephMWard

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