Yinka Shonibare explores the complexity of contemporary African identity in his art practice and the power relation between the west and Africa. Football is the perfect metaphor for the economic relationship between ex-African colonies and the west. The football pitch becomes the site where the struggle for economic survival is played out by the African football player for both himself and his team. This explosive tension is represented here by the sculpture of a nuclear bomb mushroom cloud composed of footballs. The individual footballs are decorated with African textiles associated with the work of the artist.
Yinka Shonibare MBE