The film, Addio Del Passato, (“so closes my sad story”) features the character of Frances Nisbet, Lord Nelson’s estranged wife, singing the eponymous aria from the last act of Verdi’s opera La Traviata. Shonibare finds a parallel in the story of Nelson’s betrayal of his wife and his passionate love affair with Lady Hamilton to the feelings of loss and yearning as expressed by the opera’s heroine Violetta on the eve of her death.
Yinka Shonibare MBE lives and works in London, UK. He received the prestigious Fourth Plinth Commission in Trafalgar Square from the Mayor of London in 2009.
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