"The Age of Enlightenment – Adam Smith" (2008)

"The Age of Enlightenment – Adam Smith," 2008
Life-size fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton, and mixed media, dimensions variable; figure: 67 x 43 3/10 x 33 1/2 inches overall, plinth: 49 3/10 x 68 2/5 x 5 inches overall
La Collezione La Gaia, Busca, Italy
Photo by Jason Mandella
© Yinka Shonibare MBE
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

"My work is often discussed in terms of post-colonial theory. And, of course, my work does deal with the aftermath or the result of colonialism and its impacts on identity. But it is a fraction of what I do. There are other aspects to my work—the aesthetic aspects, the contradictory aspects—and those are not focused on often enough."

-Yinka Shonibare MBE

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