"Line Painting," detail (2003)

"Line Painting," detail, 2003
Emulsion and acrylic on Dutch wax printed cotton, and painted wall, 122 4/5 inches diameter x 2 inches, 30 panels varying 11 4/5 inches, 15 7/10 inches, 23 3/5 inches diameters
Collection of Arts Council, London
Photo by Stephen White © Yinka Shonibare MBE
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

"My connection to tradition was sort of limited. I started to investigate what that would actually mean for me, for a contemporary, modern African. How could one be authentic? I started to look at the representation of the ideas of African art and at what things represented Africa. I came upon the fabrics."

-Yinka Shonibare MBE