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The Scramble for Africa, 2003

14 figures, 14 chairs, table
132 x 488 x 280 cm
The Pinnell Collection, Courtesy of the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery (London), and James Cohan Gallery (New York). Commissioned by Museum for African Art, New York, for the exhibition Look Both Ways.
This installation dramatically re-imagines the Berlin-Congo conference of 1884/5, organized by the then German Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, to formalize European colonial claims on African territories. The theatrical, discordant gestures of the artist's signature headless figures insinuate the political intrigues and chicanery responsible for the chaotic intra-European squabble Bismarck sought to settle with the conference.

(From the press information)


© Photo: Haupt & Binder

Yinka Shonibare MBE

The Scramble for Africa, 2003; Colonel Tarleton & Mrs. Oswald Shooting, 2007. Installations at the Friedrichswerder Church.

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