Yinka Shonibare’s practice is situated in conversation with the growing activism around the decolonisation of public spaces
and the reorientation of historical education. Decolonised Structures (2022) is his recreation of seven public statues of British imperialists that currently shape London’s cityscape. Stripped of the authority of bronze and marble, as well
as their position within the built environment of a metropolitan centre, the slightly smaller-than- life-sized statues are instead shrouded in the colonial legacy of
Dutch wax patterns—a fabric design with Indonesian origins mass- produced by the Dutch and sold to Britain’s West African colonies. By reproducing and decontextualising these monuments, Shonibare reveals the structural racism underlying their conception.