"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"I re-imagined that conference with these brainless men, literally brainless, sitting around the table. Their heads have been chopped off and they’re having this meeting to decide the fate of Africa! Headless people seated around the table, and there’s a map of Africa on that table. Absolutely, it’s a contemporary analogy to the annexation, more or less, of Iraq and its oil and the issue of Afghanistan. People in those countries have ideas about what they would like to do with their own countries. They don’t need us to tell them."
-Yinka Shonibare MBE