"Scramble for Africa" (2003)

"Scramble for Africa," 2003
14 life-size fiberglass mannequins, 14 chairs, table, and Dutch wax printed cotton, overall 52 x 192 1/10 x 110 1/5 inches overall
Commissioned by the Museum of African Art, Long Island City, New York
Collection of The Pinnell Collection, Dallas
Photo by Stephen White
© Yinka Shonibare MBE
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

"My figures are of mixed race, neither white nor black, and they don’t have any facial features that identify them racially. A piece that comes to mind is Scramble for Africa (2003), which is based on a conference that was held in Berlin in 1884–85. The European countries came together to divide up Africa, to decide who would have which trading area."

-Yinka Shonibare MBE