. yinka: the paul hamlyn award was an award for my projects generally. i moved into photography by the time i got the paul hamlin award. underground.ced by i was influenced by visits to a albert museum where i saw a number of , victorian costumes, and i was thinking about my background and the colonial influence in nigeria. the paul hamlyn award made it possible for me to give up my day job and focus on everything i needed to do with the work. stephen: in truth, i wasn't very aware of yinka except by name until the sensation exhibition at the royal academy, which i think was in the autumn of 1997. seeing him and his work take its place on this stage of exciting contemporary artists was a revelation to me. he was different in the gentleness and the exuberance and what seemed to me the optimism of his work. yet, infused with a slightly menacing, strange undertone. ♪ dr. checinska: i really had such a vivid memory of first seeing yinka's work. the first piece i saw was "mr. and mrs. andrews without their heads." and it was on display at the v and a, the victoria and albert museum here.
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