"Gallantry and Criminal Conversation" (2002)

"Gallantry and Criminal Conversation," 2002
11 life-size fiberglass mannequins, metal, and wood cases, Dutch wax
printed cotton, leather, wood, and steel, dimensions variable; carriage:
78 7/10 x 102 2/5 x 185 inches; plinth: 354 3/10 x 354 3/10 x 4 7/10 inches
Installation at Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany
Commissioned by Documenta 11

Photo by Werner Maschmann
© Yinka Shonibare MBE
Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

"When I made Gallantry and Criminal Conversation I was just thinking generally about our society at a period of unprecedented wealth. A lot of people were getting richer and richer; they were having lavish parties with so much money around."
-Yinka Shonibare MBE